Pregnancy Panics: Experts Share Ways to Help Overcome Panic Attacks

By Collie Lane, Parent Herald January 04, 04:00 am

Experiencing whirlwinds of emotional instability is inevitable for soon-to-be-moms. Though there is no way to skip the phase, experts study how to handle this situation with long term effectivity.

Approximately 30 percent of women experience some type of anxiety disorder through a lifetime. There's also some evidence showing that anxiety disorders can affect pregnancy outcomes, a study published in NCBI says.  

"I've always been an anxious person," Eve Dugdale shared through her blog, which has been posted in Al Arabiya. According to her post, she worries about so many things. Because of it, people around her start to advise her to control her anxiety especially when she got pregnant. "Having a baby was an enormous thing for me," she added.    

Pregnancy panics or panic attacks are perfectly normal. But if the lives of future moms are already getting affected by it negatively, there are several ways that could help them endure the situation, Calm Clinic says. These tips could help not just to control their emotional instability but also could help them create a more positive outlook with regards to their pregnancy.

The first step in handling pregnancy panics is to have regular pregnancy checkups. Having positive news about one's pregnancy can be an effective way to relieve the anxiety. With the doctor's help, any doubts concerning pregnancy will surely be settled too.

Another effective step to help handle panic attacks is to do some relaxation exercises. There are several relaxation exercises a pregnant woman can try even without leaving her house. These exercises include progressive muscle relaxation and visualization, yoga and deep breathing. However, it is advised to talk to a specialist first before conducting any of these programs.

"Yes it is normal that the anxiety comes out of nowhere but you should try to relax as much as possible, even though it is really hard," a member of the Baby Center Community answered to a question posted in their forum. She also added that whenever she encounters any attacks, she just tries to say a silent prayer asking God to help her get through it. She also calls her mother or grandma and ask for any advice or tries to have a chitchat to help her get distracted.

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