Anxiety in Pregnancy - Are you ok?

 

If you have clicked on this blog purely because the title caught your attention and you feel that this may relate to you, then we are here to ask you a simple question. 

Are you OK? 

If you don't know, then that is completely fine. The fact that you are here means everything. It means that you recognise that you are not feeling completely yourself and you want to change that feeling and create something much more positive. 

Pregnancy is a completely overwhelming experience for all women, no matter what situation you are in. Whether you suffer with low moods or anxiety, we can all feel confusing emotions sometimes but it is how we cope with them every day that is the main thing. 

Learning to deal with these emotions with certain life saving tools can really help you and make you eventually feel like you again. 

WHAT IS ANXIETY?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, fear or worry which can be mild or severe.

Everyone feels anxious sometimes, but some people can find it harder to control than others.

Anxiety can sometimes lead to Panic Attacks which can be really a frightening experience to go through.

Some pregnant women can feel stressed or even guilty about feeling like this. That pregnancy should be a happy time in their lives, but anxiety is a mental health condition. It is not a sign of weakness at all.

ANXIETY SYMPTOMS

Feeling anxious

Restfulness

Feeling worried

Feeling irritable

Constantly on the edge

Difficulty sleeping

 

PANIC ATTACK SYMPTOMS

Racing heartbeat

A dread or fear of dying

Chest pain

Dizziness

Sweating

Feeling faint

Shaky limbs

Tingling

Churning Stomach

Panic attacks can last between 5 -20 minutes. They can be extremely frightening, but they are not dangerous.

Anxiety in pregnancy is very common. More than 1 in 10 pregnant women have it.

You are not a failure.

Pregnancy can be an emotional experience and it can be difficult to know if the feelings you have are manageable or something more serious.

Trust yourself.

Trust your feelings,

Trust your instincts.

 

DOES ANXIETY AFFECT MY BABY?

It is very unlikely that your baby will be affected by your anxiety, but it is still very important to get the right treatment and support to help you.

Worrying about your baby as well as everything else can bring on even more stress.

 

HOW TO MANAGE ANXIETY IN PREGNANCY

Talk to someone that you trust and let them know how you are feeling

Look after yourself

Exercise

Eat well

Avoid caffeine

Reading self help books can sometimes help too. Reading can distract you from the anxious feelings that you are having.

 

Anxiety can often be missed when pregnant as symptoms are put down to hormones or just being a normal part of pregnancy, which simply isn’t true.

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTENATAL ANXIETY AND ANTENATAL DEPRESSION.

Antenatal depression symptoms can include

Feeling low

Numb

Hopeless

Losing confidence

Being emotional

Feeling angry

Difficulty sleeping

Eating pattern changes

Losing interest in socialising

Anxiety can be treated with psychological therapies such as

Relaxation Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Using Mindfulness tactics

Modifying your lifestyle slightly is also encouraged.

 

 

DIFFERENT ANXIETIES IN PREGNANCY AND BEYOND.

PRENATAL/ANTENATAL ANXIETY – While you are pregnant.

POSTNATAL ANXIETY – During roughly the first year after giving birth.

PERINATAL ANXIETY – Anytime from becoming pregnant to around a year after giving birth.

 

THE PREGNANCY BOX

We created our Pregnancy Box – Mum to be tea as a support for mum and baby.

Our tea is a helping hand throughout your pregnancy, helps eases symptoms whilst getting your body ready for labour and recovery.

Our tea is filled with carefully selected herbs which help ease,

 

Chronic indigestion

Nausea

Massive Anxiety

Brain Fog

Restfulness

Insomnia

Mood Swings

Our Pregnancy Box supports women from 34 weeks pregnant and contains two delicious blends of tea for morning and evening.

 

Baby Blossom is our morning tea blend designed for women in the later stages of their pregnancy and new mums too.

Designed to help support the last few weeks of pregnancy (34 weeks), the carefully selected herbs that we choose are created to help support and strengthen the uterus and to also help your body get ready for labour and a speedy recovery.

 

Strengthens the uterus

Prepares the body for birth

Reduces cramping

Reduces nausea and digestive issues

Supports the body after birth

 

Fly me to the moon is our evening tea blend. With a refreshing infusion of oranges and apricots, it is the perfect late afternoon or early evening drink of choice.

Filled with vitamins, minerals, and cleansing herbs such as fennel and chamomile which also helps ease digestion, bloating and reflux.

Honeybush is also added which is full of nutrients that will relieve any hormonal symptoms too.

"Wild Women Tea Team Says"

We created Wild Women not only to produce delicious herbal tea for the female body and their hormones but to connect women. 

Connection is everything. Always share how you are feeling with someone. It may not feel like they can help but it is worth a try. 

Always speak to your GP if these feelings become too overwhelming for you to deal with. 

If you ever wish to speak to our Wild Women team then you can email us on 

help@wildwomenteaclub.com 

We will do our very best to help. 

BOOKS TO READ

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions and Compulsions: Amazon.co.uk: Wiegartz, Pamela S.: 9781572245891: Books

 

Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood eBook : Neufeld, Suzannah: Amazon.co.uk: Books

 

Mind Over Mother: Every mum's guide to worry and anxiety in the first years: Amazon.co.uk: Mathur, Anna: 9780349425429: Books

 

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