Advice on coping with common pregnancy concerns and baby anxiety.
As a society we're inundated with pregnancy scare stories in the magazines we read and on the reality shows that grace our televisions, combine this with the fact that barely a week goes by without a news story warning us about a new pregnancy risk factor, and its no wander that more and more expectant mothers are experiencing severe anxiety.
Whether its your first baby or your fifth, at some point during your pregnancy you're likely to feel anxious about the new life you're bringing into the world. This is completely normal and it can be reassuring to know that moments of concern and doubt speckle even the most longed for pregnancy. Whether its concerns about the health of your baby, how you'll cope as a parent, whether you'll be able to manage financially or the impending birth, talking about your anxieties will always help.
Don't be afraid to share your concerns with your partner as its more than likely that they are harbouring the same worries as you and talking things through will help you to address any of the practical issues you are feeling anxious about. Sharing with your partner will also help to strengthen the all important channels of communication that will keep your relationship strong when baby arrives.
If you're worried about your baby's health or development a checkup visit with your doctor or midwife will allay your fears and chatting with other mums-to-be always helps as they really understand what you're going through and may be able to shine some light on any problems you're experiencing. Learning as much as you can about your developing pregnancy, attending antenatal classes and practicing relaxation techniques will all help you prepare for the experience of labour.
Having a baby is a life changing experience and you shouldn't feel bad for having moments of doubt; its especially common for women to feel blue at some point during pregnancy because of the major hormonal changes that are taking place. However, if you are experiencing prolonged or severe anxiety, feel that you are unable to cope with any aspect of your impending parenthood, or are experiencing stress related symptoms such as palpitations, headaches and nausea, its important that you talk to your doctor straight away.
By taking regular exercise, making time to relax, eating a healthy balanced diet and doing what you feel is best for your body, you should be able to beat any baby anxiety and enjoy the months leading up to your new baby's arrival.
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