You’re going through a huge life-changing experience, so it’s understandable to feel a little anxious at times and uncertain about what’s to come – especially if it’s your first baby. If your anxiety is building and starts to consume your thoughts, turn to your healthcare professional for help.
Our tips on managing anxious feelings during pregnancy
- Talk to family or a friend about how you’re feeling - it can really help.
- Ask your healthcare professional or midwife for local mothers’ groups or community programs. Talking to other mums-to-be and parents may help you gain perspective on small worries.
- Keep active if you can, it’s good for you and your baby.
- Try and rest when needed.
- Set aside some “me time” at least once a day. Maybe with a warm bath or listen to a podcast?
- Make time for self-care. Try complementary therapies like relaxation massage or meditation. Mindfulness apps could also be helpful.
- Have a go at simple breathing exercises for stress.
- Plan ahead: writing in a diary or planner each week can help you feel more in control.
- Ask your loved ones for practical help. Cooking, shopping, taking care of kids, whatever helps take a load off.
- Caffeine can be a stimulant, so take a break from coffee breaks. There’s a recommended limit to caffeine during pregnancy.
- Eat well. Proper nutrition is essential. Now, more than ever.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of becoming a parent, have a look at our checklist to help you emotionally prepare.