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Tips to Manage Pregnancy Anxiety

If you’re experiencing anxiety alongside your pregnancy, you’re not alone. Below the glow, many expectant mothers experience depression or an anxiety disorder – as many as 33%.
Rest assured that there’s support and help at hand. From your loved ones, to support groups and antenatal classes, health professionals and online networks. Alongside that, there are also some self-care steps you can try:

Know that it’s normal

Pregnancy is a big event that changes your life. So it’s absolutely normal to feel a bit unsure, stressed or worried about what’s to come. On top of that, your body is undergoing hormonal changes – and that can affect your mental state.
Typically, these feelings will pass in time. But if you’re concerned, it’s always wise to speak with your doctor or midwife.
Here are some support services that can also help:
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia):1300 726 306
Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby: 1800 882 436

Try natural therapies

There are many natural therapies that may help alongside medication – or as an alternative on the advice of your doctor or counsellor.
These include:
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): learn how to shift your thinking and manage your emotions.
  • Acupuncture: some women have found this to help during pregnancy.
  • Nutrition: a dietician or nutritionist can help you eat well during your pregnancy, to ensure you get essential nutrients for a healthy mind, body and baby.
  • Pregnancy yoga: classes are designed specifically to help you prepare for childbirth – and meet other mums-to-be.

Other treatments

Regular exercise, rest and other lifestyle changes might be recommended by your doctor or midwife. They may also prescribe medication – or advise you on whether to continue taking medication already prescribed to you.
Above all, seek help if you are struggling to cope with pregnancy. You’re not alone.

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