Your pregnancy should be a great time of happiness as you await your new bundle of joy. But, sometimes a pregnancy can be riddled with unexplained fear, depression and even panic and anxiety.

Anxiety is not rare. However, most panic episodes are not pregnancy panic attacks. Though there is usually nothing to worry about, the feelings seem quite real and terrifying in the moment. All this suffering is really quite unnecessary.

It’s not surprise that you might have many concerns during pregnancy. Is the birth going to be as painful as others have told you? Can you be the loving mother that your child deserves? Will your child be healthy and strong? These sorts of worry are common, but if you worry too much about your new child anxiety symptoms may follow. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, dizziness, feeling short of breath, or sensations like you are having a heart attack. Beginning to educate yourself on what causes panic attacks will be a big help.

Try to set your life up so that there are just fewer things you have to worry about. Find an obstetrician that you can trust and feel confident dealing with. Follow the instructions he or she gives on diet and exercise. Physical activity helps you stay healthy--not just your body, but also your emotions as well. Getting an ultrasound earlier is good advice to ensure that everything is well with your child and put to rest any worries. You might also want to consider hiring a doula, a woman who can help during pregnancy and provide emotional support.

You can also join a pregnancy message board on the internet. Here you can share what you’ve been through and hear about what you can expect down the road.

Breathing exercises can help calm your nerves and relax your body. Yoga or meditation groups can be great for cultivating this practice. You’ll find that these are good options for getting out of your house and making some quality new friends as well.

You don’t need to suffer from pregnancy panic attacks. Chances are good that things are fine. So have fun and enjoy this truly unique time in your life. Oh, and congratulations!

Author's Bio: 

Andrew Hunter used to struggle with panic and anxiety attacks. After mastering his emotions and retaking control of his life, he enjoys helping others overcome fears and move past personal barriers.