Beating Early Pregnancy Anxiety without medication

early pregnancy anxietyIts okay to experience early pregnancy anxiety, in fact I’d probably say it’s quite normal. After all you are about to go through a massive transformational phase in your life. Your body and mind are working overtime to make sense and adjust to those changes.

If your anxiety doesn’t pass it’s not good for you or your baby. If you find yourself struggling to nip early pregnancy anxiety in the bud there are a number of things you can do to help yourself overcome and manage your early pregnancy anxiety.

The changes in your hormones can play havoc with your emotions by intensifying them. You may find you are more likely to worry, brood and stress over things that normally wouldn’t bother you. Such as any aches, pains and symptoms you may experience; how your baby is developing, any changes in your financial circumstances and how your pregnancy may affect your relationship with your partner.

Overthinking these things can then cause you to feel low, if you can talk about what’s going on with your partner and midwife, they will be able to reassure and support you. This can sometimes be enough to prevent your anxious thoughts from expanding and becoming worse.

If you are unable to resolve your worries this way and they start to affect you daily its best to speak to your GP as you maybe suffer with early pregnancy anxiety.

Signs of Early Pregnancy Anxiety:

  • Feeling nervous edgy and anxious,
  • Avoiding public places
  • Worrying about what other people might be thinking about you
  • Being afraid and zooming in on the worse case scenario about your pregnancy
  • Feeling bad tempered and irritable
  • Carrying a lot of tension in your body
  • Finding it difficult to relax

You may also experiencing physical symptoms such as:

  • Short Sharpe shallow breaths
  • Feeling light headed and dizzy
  • Carrying a lot of tension in your body
  • Finding it hard to sit still

Beating Early Pregnancy Anxiety without medication

Once you’ve discussed your early pregnancy anxiety with your GP and ruled out medication you may like to look at your alterative options. One of the fastest and most effective ways of overcoming early pregnancy anxiety is the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy, applied psychology and The Thrive Programme otherwise referred to as talking therapies. These methods can show you how you unwittingly create and maintain stress in your mind and body and therefore empower you to make the changes necessary to break those unwanted cycles of behavior. Sessions can take place either face-to-face or online, research* shows that both methods can be equally as effective.

early pregnancy anxietyUsing deep relaxation techniques daily can also help you manage your early pregnancy anxiety. Just taking 5 minutes a day to relax your mind and body can have a huge positive impact on both you and your baby and will help you prepare for birth too. You can download your Free Breathing for Birth eBook here or join us in the Facebook community for regular online relation sessions in the comfort of your own home.

If you’d like to chat about how you can overcome your early pregnancy anxiety using a proven clinical and research based method book your complimentary chat with me today.

Sarahx 

*Michael J. Mallen, Indria M. Jenkins, David L. Vogel, Susan X. Day Published Date

*Rochlen, A. B., Zack, J. S. and Speyer, C. (2004), Online therapy: Review of relevant definitions, debates, and current empirical support. J. Clin. Psychol., 60: 269–283. doi:10.1002/jclp.10263

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