A: Pregnancy is generally a safe process for the mother and baby, but it can still cause anxiety. It is not uncommon to experience increased anxiety during a pregnancy due to the uncertainties that one may face. Feeling anxious is a normal response when one is facing any threat, danger or uncertainty.
A: These may include excessive worrying, difficulty in relaxing, increased muscle tension or soreness, irritability, poor concentration and/or sleep problems.
A: Stress and anxiety in small doses are unavoidable during pregnancy, but if left uncontrolled, they can lead to poorer outcomes for the mother and baby. The mother can be feeling tense most of the time and this will affect her lifestyle. The baby's growth might also be affected by prolonged exposure to stress hormones.
A: There is an overlap between the two, but consider seeking medical help if your symptoms are severe enough or the symptoms have continued for more than two weeks. Examples of symptoms to note include not feeling like your usual self and being unable to perform your usual roles at work or at home.
A: There may be a very good reason for your anxiety, but if you are feeling anxious most of the time and for more than two weeks, it is recommended you seek medical advice.