I've never met a mother that didn't have some degree of anxiety while pregnant. Not only is your body going through physical and hormonal changes, but your life and home will be forever changed with the arrival of your new baby. It's normal to experience nervousness, especially if this is your first child. But if you (or your loved ones) feel that you are worrying way more than necessary, it may be on eof the signs of pregnancy anxiety.
It can be tough to differentiate between the typical or "expected" amounts of concern over your pregnancy versus the kind of prenatal anxiety that requires treatment. According to Parents, up to 33 percent of pregnant women experience anxiety, yet only about 20 percent of them ever seek treatment. Part of the problem, according to psychologist and a marriage and family therapist Dr. Michal Regev, is that the medical community believed that the high levels of “feel good” hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, protected pregnant women from mental health challenges. Doctors today realize that this is not the case. However, moms-to-be still feel ashamed to admit that they are experience anxiety.