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How to control Panic Attacks in pregnancy.

Jun 8, 2008
When women are pregnant, they often find themselves not only dealing with their pregnancy but also with anxiety and panic. There is a reason for this happening.

While pregnant, the woman's body is full of hormones in overdrive. Sometimes the changes in hormones trigger the anxiety and panic attacks to occur. Remember every part of the mother's body is affected by pregnancy.

Pregnancy can be an extremely stressful time for some women and of course, some women feel worried about what can happen to them during the pregnancy. This can lead to anxiety and panic attacks.

When I was pregnant, I seemed to be most worried about what was going to happen during the birth process and I was also worried about being a good mother. I was lucky as my extra anxiety and panic was considered by my doctor as being normal.

While anxiety and panic attacks can occur at any time during pregnancy, they are most common during the third trimester. However, each woman can expect to have a different experience of pregnancy. Some women who have experienced attacks earlier in life report that these problems actually lessen during pregnancy.

If you find you are one of the women to have anxiety and panic attacks while pregnant there are things you can do to help stop them from happening. Medications can be harmful to your developing baby. One of these natural methods of treatment will be more suited for you.

* Relax - your baby and your health come first. Take time out from your day and find somewhere peaceful to rest. Forget the stresses in your life and focus on thoughts you find soothing.

* Share your problem - pregnancy is not something you have to do alone. Talk about your feelings with your partner, family or friends. All new mothers feel anxious and scared at some point and you are not unusual in this. Remember too that there are many professional counselling and therapy services available for people exactly like you.

* Breathe deeply - you will be surprised by how effective focused breathing can be. Try lying down and breathing deeply. Breathe in through your nose; blow out through your mouth. Take your time and keep breathing deeply and slowly until you feel better.

If you suffer repeated panic or anxiety attacks it is important that you seek aid. You are not the first person to be in this position and there are many services standing by to help you promote the health of yourself and your baby.

Women are not the only ones who can have anxiety and panic attacks during pregnancy. Expecting fathers normally have a lot of worry about financial issues, how their life will change and how they will perform as a father.

Men are notorious for not admitting when they are bothered about anything. And it is these un-admitted fears that can lead to anxiety and panic.

If you notice your husband or partner being more anxious or having panic attacks, try talking to him. This should be an enjoyable time for both of you, so help him to deal with his feelings or to get treatment if his attacks are out of control.
About the Author
Millicent Feraux offers her trusted ways to take control of and cure panic attacks and anxiety in all situations at http://www.panic-calm.com .
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