Anxiety refers to feelings of worry, stress, and fear. Although these feelings are a part of your daily life, the problem arises when they become constant, persistent. When they become strong enough and stat overpowering your day-to-day life, it may be called an anxiety disorder.

Feeling anxious about your baby’s health and your health as well, while you are pregnant is extremely normal. There are a number of changes that your body goes through during the pregnancy, and this might also end up affecting your mood, emotions and actions. This ends up making you extremely prone to worry and stress.

However, there is a big line of difference between normal worrisome thoughts and serious anxiety during pregnancy. The latter is also known as Antenatal Anxiety. If these feelings and thoughts of worry and stress are constant and start making hindrances in your day-to-day life, you should consult your doctor and figure out ways of dealing with them together. Severe, long-term anxiety can also increase your risk of labor problems and delivering a low weight baby. It can also lead to increased chances of the child developing behavioural and emotional challenges in the future.

It is extremely important to seek help and speak with your doctor if and when you are experiencing such symptoms during your pregnancy.

There are several anxiety and pregnancy-related disorders, and they might cause the symptoms to vary. Here are some of the common ones that you need to take seriously.

1. Feeling anxious, nervous constantly
2. Feeling an uncontrollable anxious sensation
3. Worrying excessively and not being able to stop or control your thoughts
4. Finding it difficult to relax
5. Feeling constantly restless
6. Feelings of irritability and agitation
7. Difficulty concentrating
8. Difficulty sleeping
9. Feelings of fear
10. Fearing that bad things might happen to you or your baby

How Can This Be Treated?
Any type of anxiety is treated through psychological help, relaxation training and therapy. Anxiety during pregnancy can also be treated with the help of psychological therapies, cognitive behavioural therapies, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Your therapist, psychiatrist or trainer might also encourage you to modify or make some changes in your lifestyle in order to cut out stress and tension and eat more healthily.

In the case of severe problems, your doctor might also prescribe you anxiety medication. In the case of anxiety and pregnancy, your doctor will have to work it out and discuss with you in order to understand what medicines are safe for you.

Author's Bio: 

Gerald Travis is the head of the psychology & social sciences department in a major university in Kansas, the USA. An authority in his field, Gerald frequently writes about the psychological effects of games online and is a visiting tutor at