Anxiety during pregnancy


Please tell me pregnancy has brought out the worrier in you too? I guess it must be normal to worry about what you, eat, drink, feel, or even think. After all, there is a little life growing inside you, but what happens when you find yourself worrying about more then just that?



What is anxiety? 

When you are anxious you feel fearful and tense. In addition you may also have one or more unpleasant physical symptoms. The physical symptoms are partly caused by the brain, which sends lots of messages down nerves to various parts of the body when we are anxious. The nerve messages tend to make the heart, lungs, and other parts of the body work faster. In addition you realise stress hormones into the bloodstream when your anxious 


Symptoms 

Psycological symptoms 

Restlessness
A sence of dread
Feeling constantly 'on edge' 
Difficulty concentrating
Irritability

Physical symptoms

Dizziness
Tiredness
Muscle aches and tension
Trembling or shaking
Dry mouth 
Excessive sweating
Shortness of breath 
Stomach ache
Feeling sick
Headache
Pins and needles
Difficulty falling or staying asleep 

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their lives, whether it's preparing for a job interview, or bringing up a child. I guess for me, the feelings that soon-to-be-mummy's feel Is amplified by my anxiety. I can't honestly tell you when the last time I felt relaxed was, I feel like my mind is on constant overdrive. Will I be good enough? Will she love me? Can I cope? Am I making the right decisions? 

I know I have the support of my family when it comes to the baby, but I don't have the emotional support which is what I need more. My parents have never understood my anxiety, my mum previously told me to 'snap out of it'. If I could I would have snapped out of it a long time ago. I hope as soon as she is born, I may be able to get back to a more settled place.

In lucky in the sence Sam is really supportive, he knows the right things to say when I'm really low. He also knows what not to say - which is equally important I find. With him being the only person I can turn to, I feel like I'm being a burden. 

The other thing that I find is getting to me a little bit is my Grandma, don't get me wrong I love her to death. I just feeling like she is being a little overbearing. She has brought so much stuff for Baby E, I'm grateful that she wants to spoil her, and i love the fact that she is so excited. After all it is her first great grandchild, but at the moment were in the process of moving (we both previously lived with our parents - although we were together all the time). So I don't have a place to put the stuff, it's in my Nan's loft, at my house, in my Grandma's loft. It's just very stressful and causes a lot of worry that I don't have a home for all the stuff. 

I'm sure we will get there in the end, did anyone else suffer with anxiety during pregnancy? How did you cope? Please leave it in the comments. 

-xo

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