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We hope this site can help you better understand and cope with anxiety during pregnancy.

Anjali's Story

Anjali is a 28-year-old married woman in her second trimester of pregnancy. She has no other children, but a year ago experienced a miscarriage early on in the pregnancy. Anjali was devastated by this loss, believing that she would be unable to conceive again. Gradually she was able to pull herself out of this difficult time with support from her husband and friends. However, feelings that she somehow could have prevented the miscarriage and that she should have done things differently continued to plague her for a long time.

A year later, Anjali and her husband were overjoyed that she was pregnant again. Anjali felt really anxious...

Susan's Story

Susan is a 36-year-old mother in her third trimester of pregnancy. She also has a five-year-old son, Jacob.

Though she expected to return to work after having her first baby, Jacob had many early challenges with feeding and sleeping, and a lot of separation anxiety. As a result, Susan was uncomfortable leaving him with anyone, and spent almost all of her time with her son. After her maternity leave finished she decided to resign and has not returned to work. The first two years of Jacob's life were very difficult for Susan and her partner, and she experienced postpartum depression...

Recognizing Anxiety During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an emotional time, and anxiety is just one of many feelings that pregnant women experience. A moderate amount of new fears and worries is normal and expected during this time of change.

If you are experiencing quite a bit of anxiety, it can be helpful to first learn more about what anxiety is, and how it can show up during pregnancy.

Common Worries During Pregnancy

  • Will my baby have birth defects?
  • Will I have a miscarriage?
  • Will my baby be stillborn?
  • Will the drugs or alcohol...

 
 
 

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Are you pregnant or a new mom? Have you been feeling worried or anxious? If so, this website can help. We (the writers) are four mothers with a total of eight children between us. Like most mothers, each of us struggled with worries during our pregnancies, and certainly during that roller-coaster first year with a newborn (and for one of us, newborn twins!).

As mental health professionals, we knew about many web-based resources that help women with postpartum depression, but wondered why there weren’t more resources on how to effectively manage anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period. After all, anxiety and worries are so common during this time. So we decided to collaborate and share our knowledge on effective ways to manage anxiety.

Your life is really busy - so we wanted to create a resource that is easy to navigate. If you are not sure where to start, take a look at the Feeling Anxious? section to get a sense of the different ways anxiety can show up for new moms (and see if you can relate). Then you may want to read through the Taking Care section and see how you are doing with self-care. Are there one or two small changes you can regularly incorporate into your day? Next you may want to look at the Flexible Thinking section - there may be some ideas you want to try out. You can then move onto the Facing Fears section, which introduces you to strategies that many have found to be very effective. Take your time through this section, and it can be helpful to find someone to support and encourage you through the steps. Finally, if you are a family member or friend of a new mom who is dealing with anxiety, you may be interested in the For Family section and see what family and friends can do to help.

We recommend taking it slow and trying one thing at a time for at least a few weeks. Some strategies take repeated practice, and don’t really “kick in” for a little while. You need to find what works for YOU. 

 

Disclaimer: This website and its contents are designed for educational purposes only. This website does not render psychological advice or professional services. The information provided here should not be used for the purposes of diagnosing or treating a psychological condition. If you have or suspect you may have a mental health problem, you should consult a mental health care professional and/or physician.