There is nothing easy about being pregnant, especially if it's your first time. There are so many unfamiliar and bizarre things going on with your body, so it's hard to know what's "normal" and what's cause for concern (and sometimes everything seems concern-worthy). Of course, your constant worry is only exacerbated when you suffer from prenatal anxiety. In fact there are struggles every mom who lived with prenatal anxiety will recognize because, while pregnancy is different for every woman, there are universal truths that every woman with prenatal anxiety can count on someone else understanding.
While a certain level of anxiety is expected when you're pregnant, prenatal anxiety occurs when that anxiety impacts your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. When I was 22 weeks into my first pregnancy, I went into preterm labor and lost my baby. As a result of the emotional trauma I sustained, I had severe prenatal anxiety with both of my subsequent (and thankfully full-term, healthy) pregnancies. I was a disaster. I was convinced that I was in labor pretty much every day for months. Every twinge, every ache, every drop of leaked pee or mucus, was the source of significant stress. My OB-GYN, bless her amazing soul, gave me not only her personal email address, but also her cell number. I think she may have regretted it after I regularly blew up her phone, but it was a comfort beyond compare.
While not everyone who suffers with prenatal anxiety has experienced pregnancy or birth trauma like I have, it is a very real condition. It is scary and stressful and can impact not only mother, but the growing baby and any potential partner the mother might turn to for support. So, if any of the following struggles sound familiar to you, please talk to your healthcare provider. You're not alone.