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Handling Pregnancy Woes Like a Pro

Pregnancy can be demanding on both the mind and the body, but women can definitely work out ways to get respite

Handling Pregnancy Woes Like a Pro

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 Dec 2022 10:49 AM GMT

Acupuncture, massage, yoga, and meditation are all great options. Finding relaxation techniques that actually work might require some trial and error, but the benefits of using them continue even after the baby is born. It is a joy to be pregnant. During pregnancy, you may anticipate certain feelings.

Some women take pleasure in their ever-evolving bodies, revelling in every flutter and kick. Some others experience tremendous fatigue, extreme fluctuations in emotion, and anxiety throughout their pregnancy. It is possible that your thoughts get out of control every month, which can be detrimental to both your professional and personal lives.

What are the factors that contribute to prenatal anxiety?

Anxiety in pregnant women can be caused by a number of factors, including changes in hormone levels, past miscarriages, and sleeping disorders. You may be concerned about the impact that having a baby will have on your relationships with friends and family, as well as your child's health, the delivery process, and the financial burden that comes with having an additional family member. This is to be expected. Anxiety is a protective emotion for humans; without it, we will not be able to complete our tasks or run away from a bear.

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, it is normal to feel at least some amount of anxiety. You may have experienced things in the past, such as a miscarriage, that give you cause for fear about the future. On the other hand, if these concerns start to impact your day-to-day life, you may be suffering from anxiety.

The symptoms of anxiety include spending an inordinate amount of time and energy fretting about things, particularly your health or your baby; inability to concentrate; experiencing agitation or irritability; having stiff muscles, and poor sleep.

Attacks of panic may be precipitated by episodes of anxiety every once in a while. These attacks can begin quite suddenly with the symptoms that have been listed above, and they can get progressively worse. Your symptoms may be of a highly physical nature when you are having a panic attack, which can make the experience much more uncomfortable for you.

The symptoms of a panic attack include having feelings of suffocation and loss of mind, and getting the thought that something dreadful may happen.

Treatment for anxiety during pregnancy

There are a variety of treatments available to help reduce anxiety during pregnancy. Because there is an insufficient amount of information regarding the safety of anti-anxiety medication during pregnancy, many women choose not to use it. During pregnancy, it is possible that some women who take medication for anxiety will decide to stop using it.

Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT has shown some positive results in peripartum, meaning the period shortly before, during, and after giving birth. Breathing from the diaphragm is emphasised in CBT as a means of reducing anxiety. CBT also targets irrational beliefs, feelings, and behaviours adapted to pregnancy.

When dealing with excessive anxiety, medication may be helpful. SSRIs are a treatment option for patients suffering from depression or anxiety before, during, or after giving birth.

Ativan and Xanax are hazardous during pregnancy. Older research linked their use to an increased incidence of cleft lip and palate, but a more recent study of benzodiazepine usage during pregnancy found no such link, while antidepressants may raise the risk.

What are the things that help reduce anxiety during pregnancy?

Regular exercise

Workouts are very safe for pregnant ladies. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think you might go into labour early or if you are having problems with your pregnancy.

Adequate sleep

Find out what helps you get a good night's sleep, whether it is a soothing bedtime routine, a pregnancy pillow, or nights spent apart from your partner who snores.

Practise mindfulness

According to the findings of certain studies, practising mindfulness may help reduce anxiety during labour and postpartum depression.

Jot down notes

Putting your concerns down on paper and reflecting on them afterwards can help you find solutions to them. Make your plans with time in mind. We worry that we will forget important things. Setting aside thirty minutes at the end of the day gives you the opportunity to worry in an efficient manner and keeps you from carrying your problems with you throughout the day.

Acupuncture, massage, yoga, and meditation are all great options. Finding relaxation techniques that actually work might require some trial and error, but the benefits of using them continue even after the baby is born.

Also Read: When pregnancy turns problematic

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