Anxiety and Pregnancy
- Simple Tips To Relieve It Now
Anxiety and pregnancy is a common occurrence for
many women and this article is all about understanding why and
some simple tips to relieve it.
For some, anxiety during pregnancy is nothing
more than generalized worry about managing pain, and coping after
the baby is born, and for others, anxiety and pregnancy can be
What causes anxiety & pregnancy?
The words "anxiety and fear" are so commonly used
and interchanged that many people dont fully understand what
they mean. Anxiety refers to an overriding mental tension with
no apparent identifiable cause while fear may be caused by a specific,
often external reason which causes mental tension.
Most of us will experience low levels of anxiety
at various times through our life, this is perfectly normal. People
with Generalised Anxiety Disorder suffer with unrealistic or excessive
anxiety and worry about almost all aspects of everyday life.
They may feel panicky about carrying out everyday
activities, like shopping and using public transport and are generally
anxious most of the time.
Anxiety and Pregnancy when is a little bit too
As with the rest of the population who may experience
anxiety of a non clinical nature from time to time, most pregnant
women experience generalised anxiety surrounding their pregnancy.
While a certain amount of anxiety during pregnancy
is inevitable, high levels of stress and anxiety can have a detrimental
effect on both mother and baby and there is growing evidence that
high levels can affect children long after birth.
It is well known that a womans maternal emotions
can have an affect on her unborn baby. Anxiety and pregnancy can
increase a woman's risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and
giving birth to a baby that is low birth weight.
Recent studies show a strong link between maternal
anxiety levels early in pregnancy and a child's susceptibility
to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) years later.
How do I know if my anxiety levels are too high?
Being concerned about the changes in your body,
feeling a little more tired than usual, worrying about how youll
cope after your baby is born are all perfectly normal concerns.
However, your anxiety levels may be cause for
concern if you experience any of the following:-
unrealistic or excessive worry
unrealistic fears concerning objects or situations
"flashbacks" of past trauma this may include
high pulse and/or breathing rate
Anxiety and pregnancy how to reduce it now!
In order to overcome anxiety during pregnancy
it is essential to learn how to relax. The process of reciprocal
inhibition means it is impossible to feel relaxed and tense at
the same time.
If you have been an anxious person prior to pregnancy,
or even if your anxiety has emerged as a direct result of pregnancy,
the chances are you do not know how to relax and release the tension
stored in muscles that contribute to the experience of anxiety.
Many of the symptoms of anxiety can be combated
with regular practice of relaxation techniques.
Daily practice in the skills of relaxation will
assist you in relieving muscle tension, will greatly improve your
overall feeling of wellbeing and most importantly, reduce your
anxiety during pregnancy.
Deep relaxation involves a number of physiological
decreased heart rate
decrease in respiration rate
decreased blood pressure
decrease in skeletal muscle tension
decrease in analytical thinking
decrease in metabolic rate and oxygen consumption
Concerns over anxiety and pregnancy can be greatly
reduced by regular practice of deep relaxation for approximately
30 minutes on a daily basis with the aid of a relaxation CD.
During pregnancy and birth, feeling relaxed and
at ease ensures you are less likely to respond with anxiety therefore
you will find that you feel more in control most of the time.
Over time the effects of anxiety and pregnancy
can be greatly reduced and a general feeling of greater wellbeing
and relaxation can benefit every area of your life.
Anxiety and pregnancy fears surrounding labour
and birth can also be dispelled with the use of regular relaxation
and there are several childbirth preparation CDs which focus specifically
on relaxation for labour and birth.
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to reduce stress visit http://www.childbirthnaturally.com.