During my second pregnancy, I started experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Because I'd never dealt with these type of anxious feelings before, I brushed it off and thought it was a normal side affect of the hormonal changes.But, aAs it turns out, there are pregnancy anxiety symptoms you shouldn't assume are normal.
I was convinced something was wrong, but every doctor I talked to said it was completely normal to experience "some" anxiety during pregnancy. Looking back now, the doctors probably had no idea this was the first time I'd ever felt any anxiety in my life — and it was terrifying.
Since I didn't experieince anxiety till my second pregnancy, I often wonder how it might affect me through another pregnancy. Would it be worse? Could I manage it better this time since I know what's going on? I don't necessarily have those answers. What I can take some comfort in, however, is knowing what abnormal anxiety symptoms to look for and in turn, when to reach out for guidance.
So if you find yourself dealing with anxiety during pregnancy – whether it's the first time or you have a long history with it – don't assume these symptoms are normal and don't suffer in silence.