What Is Anxiety During Pregnancy?

Q:
What is anxiety during pregnancy?

A:
Women who suffer anxiety during pregnancy don’t just have normal worries about the prospect of raising a child. Their nervousness can be severe enough to prevent them from functioning in everyday life.

About 10% women have anxiety during their pregnancy. Such anxiety is mainly caused by hormonal changes. The huge change in a pregnant woman’s life can also play a role.

Symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • A strong and uncontrollable sense of anxiousness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep problems
  • Tense muscles

Risk factors include:

  • Traumatic experiences
  • Personal history of anxiety or depression
  • Family history of anxiety
  • Excessive stress in daily life
  • Consumption of certain drugs

If you suspect you have the condition, tell your doctor. Mild cases don’t need treatment, but severe ones may require medication.

 

Keyword: anxiety pregnancy

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.