How to Keep Stress Levels Low During Pregnancy

How to Keep Stress Levels Low During Pregnancy

How to keep stress levels low during pregnancy? Pregnancy is a stressful time. There’s no doubt about that. It can be exciting, happy, and thrilling, but it can also be uncomfortable, hard to get through, and emotionally draining.

There are all kinds of emotions going on in your life right now, and you’re not sure what these feelings mean. You can’t help but feel these emotions, but you don’t know what to do with them. Anxiety may be one of them.

It’s not uncommon for your body to react differently depending on how close you are to giving birth (most likely due to the increase in progesterone), so knowing what’s normal is a big deal. In this article, we’re going to talk about pregnancy and emotions.

You May Feel Anxious for Many Reasons

Most experts agree that these feelings usually manifest in one of three ways. The anxiety you are feeling could be stress-related, obsessive-compulsive, or irrational. Stress-related pressure tends to come on suddenly and be short-lived; the most common trigger for this is worrying about something.

You may notice that your anxiety comes on before or after you talk to someone- but typically, it hits right as you feel like you have to get out of the conversation. This type of anxiety can be harmless, and it’s not uncommon during your pregnancy in particular (hence why we’re talking about it here).

Obsessive-Compulsive Anxiety

Obsessive-compulsive anxiety is one of the more common forms of anxiety during pregnancy. Since you are pregnant, your hormones and brain chemistry change. These changes can be hard to cope with for a lot of women. You may notice that you start having obsessive thoughts or compulsive actions, which can be overwhelming for you.

Sometimes these feelings can be worried thoughts, or they can just come in the form of feeling like you have to do something over and over again. Experts say it could manifest itself as obsessing about germs or cleanliness, checking doors and windows, and repeatedly locking your doors. Your brain is just trying to make sense of the changes in your life.

This kind of anxiety can be tough to cope with because you often feel like you’re doing it on purpose, which makes you feel guilty for feeling this way (which only perpetuates the problem). It would help if you remembered that these feelings are normal and try your best to get through them

Stress-Related Anxiety

How to Manage Stress-Related Anxiety Talk to your doctor about it, and see if they can recommend anything that will help you with the physical symptoms of anxiety (like palpitations or nausea). If you’re worried about something big, break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Use breathing techniques or other relaxation methods to soothe yourself. Remove yourself from the situation until you feel better. Talk to someone about your feelings, especially if they are compulsive or obsessive thoughts. If you’re feeling like you’re doing something on purpose, talk with someone about it. Don’t let the anxiety persist.

Irrational Anxiety

Irrational anxiety rarely happens during pregnancy, but some women experience this kind of anxiety on rare occasions. This is when your brain comes up with a completely irrational fear or worry that you feel highly compelled to address. Sometimes it’s related to health. Other times it’s connected to your baby. 

Keep in mind that you can’t control any of this anxiety or make it go away- but you also don’t need to worry about yourself or your baby.  I know it’s scary, but try not to let the fear take over because there is nothing that you can do at this point in your pregnancy.  If you’re experiencing irrational anxiety during the birth process, talk to your doctor or midwife about it immediately. They want to make sure that both you and the baby are doing okay.

If You Are Pregnant and Having Anxiety

Please talk with a doctor about what is optimal for you and your baby during this time. Doctors will often recommend that women stay on their meds while they are pregnant. Some may even encourage you to increase your dosage to deal with the pregnancy hormones. Still, please keep in mind that not all medications are beneficial during pregnancy (please read my blog about SSRIs and breastfeeding).

Ask your doctor if you feel like you can’t stay on your medication or need to change them (significantly if it’s affecting your thinking).   They should be able to help you find something safer for you and your baby.

I hope this helps! Please do so in the comments below. If anyone has anything to add, it will only be beneficial to everyone reading this article.

By Rosa Norris

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