During pregnancy, a woman feels all kinds of emotions: excitement, fear, enthusiasm, worry, and much more. Women may also feel bouts of depression and anxiety.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 52% of women experience an increase in depression and anxiety.
Who is at risk for extreme anxiety?
My Two Cents
Very early on in my pregnancy, I began to experience an increase in anxiety. I had been dealing with anxiety disorder for many years, so it was of no surprise that I started having more attacks. I sought help from my therapist, my obgyn, my primary doctor, and my psychiatrist. To this day, at 28+1 weeks pregnant, I still struggle with anxiety attacks. I'm not ashamed of taking extra time to rest and relax. I do this for the baby I'm carrying. As much as I want to get up and do things right away, I have to think for two. If it takes me an extra hour to chill out, so be it. I still get things done.
During pregnancy, we HAVE TO listen to our bodies. We owe it to ourselves, and the children we bring into the world.