It is normal to fret about your pregnancy and your baby, but if you find yourself consumed by worry day and night, you may be having anxiety.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Constant and uncontrollable anxiousness
- Excessive worrying about a range of things, especially your health, and baby
- Inability to focus
- Feeling irritable and short-tempered
- A constant feeling that something bad will happen
Continuous, high levels of stress are not good for your body and your baby, so it is best for you to tackle anxiety as soon as you recognise any of these symptoms. Here are some ways you may overcome it.
Talk About Your Worries
It may be easy to feel isolated during pregnancy, but the truth is you are not alone. If you are worried about your health or your baby, do confide in someone — be it your partner, family members, or your close friends. You may find it easier to talk to family or friends who have given birth before as they may have a better understanding of what you are going through.
Take Care of Yourself
Your diet affects your mood more than you think. Eat regularly and stick to a nutritious diet, and avoid unhealthy junk food, caffeine, and alcohol.
Have you been having difficulty sleeping? Studies have shown that sleep deprivation may contribute to an anxiety disorder, which is why it is important for you to get enough sleep. If you find yourself often waking up at night, try to sneak naps in during the day.
Manage Your Money
If you are weighed down by financial worries, try making a list of all the pregnancy-related things that you may need to spend money on, such as baby essentials and nursery items. From there, decide which items you can borrow from your family or friends, and which items absolutely must be purchased. For example, it is perfectly fine to receive hand-me-down clothes for your baby, but you should probably invest in a new baby cot and mattress as this may be safer and more hygienic.
In addition, you may want to take into account the expenses to expect during pregnancy and the cost of having a baby in Singapore before coming up with your budget.
Knowledge Is Power
If your worries are related to childbirth and parenting, you may consider joining a prenatal parenting class. Prenatal parenting classes will provide you with a wealth of knowledge on everything related to pregnancy, childbirth, and even postpartum care, and you may find that you are less afraid and more confident after the class.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Besides being beneficial for your health, exercise is good for your mood too! When you exercise, your body releases endorphins — natural feel-good chemicals that give your mood a positive boost. Not a fan of walking or swimming? Try prenatal yoga, which teaches you self-soothing techniques that can help you manage your anxiety as well.Tags: mental health, pregnancy, prenatal, prenatal anxiety, prenatal care