5 Natural Ways to Help Alleviate Anxiety During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be an incredibly wonderful time in your life, as well as a very scary time in your life. Your whole life – as well as your body – is going through a number of changes. 

There are many things you can do to help alleviate those anxious thoughts and feelings while improving your coping skills during your pregnancy.

These changes can be especially anxiety-provoking if this is your first pregnancy. You want everything to go perfectly, but you find yourself struggling with an array of worries and fears about every possible thing that could go wrong. And, the more you think about those things, the worse your anxiety becomes.

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Fortunately, although anxiety is certainly not uncommon during pregnancy, it doesn’t have to rule your life. There are many things you can do to help alleviate those anxious thoughts and feelings while improving your coping skills during your pregnancy.

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Meditate

If you’ve never practiced meditation, now is a great time to start. Meditation is an excellent way to calm you and alleviate anxiety in general. Meditation doesn’t have to be tied to any particular religious beliefs, nor does it require any special props, skills, or setting.

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Meditation is an excellent way to calm you and alleviate anxiety in general.

It’s effective for anxiety because it requires you to quiet your mind for a period of time. This may take some practice at first, because an anxious mind is anything but quiet!

All you really need is a quiet place where no one will disturb you for 10 to 15 minutes. For some people, early in the morning before everyone is up and about is a great time to meditate. Strive to meditate every day, at the same time. Just sit comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on nothing but your breathing.

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5 Natural Ways to Help Alleviate Anxiety During Pregnancy

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  1. Profile photo of tiffy tiffy says:

    these are great ideas that really work. especially with dealing with stress. ive learned i just need to slow down and relax

  2. Profile photo of acried0321 acried0321 says:

    I totally love these ideas. After two previous miscarriages I am already on high alert this entire pregnancy. I can use any good advice for reducing my anxiety these days!

  3. Profile photo of me09me me09me says:

    I find this article very helpful. I really needed some help with anxiety and stress.

  4. Profile photo of Aliya Aliya says:

    Not having to work reduces stress by quit a bit.

  5. Profile photo of Jazmom Jazmom says:

    Good info even though this is my 5th child The anxieties are always there, especially if you are overstretched.

  6. Profile photo of aimee aimee says:

    anxiety wouldn’t be so high if my roommate would understand….

  7. Profile photo of maretondo maretondo says:

    I’m about 3 1/2 months till I pop my baby boy. I’ve been putting off thinking about the labor. This is a great article to reduce stress especially if you are thinking about labor a lot.

  8. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    It’s tough but for some reason, I’ve calmed down more since getting pregnant. The only thing that ticks me off is when I have to ASK for a seat on the subway!! grrrr

  9. Profile photo of DH DH says:

    I am due July 29th and I have not worked since February. It has been bugging me and I will be ready to get back to work for sure. My fiance and I did not think we could have a baby as we have been trying for three years. Luckily we were blessed and he did not want me doing anything to compromise it.

  10. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Its hard for me to be less stressed because I work so much.

  11. Anxeity is a tough one for me cuz I have an anxiety disorder

  12. Profile photo of jessicag81 jessicag81 says:

    i always have the what ifs
    it scares the daylights outta me

  13. Profile photo of ferdie21 ferdie21 says:

    I have always had anxiety, but I have to work harder now that I’m pregnant to stay calm. I am considering taking prenatal yoga classes. I think that will really help. The one in town that I am looking at also offers a support group/discussion session after each yoga session.

  14. Profile photo of mfarkas mfarkas says:

    I had anxiety/ panic attacks before I became pregnant but have doing pretty well without meds. I have to just keep telling myself that I have done this for 6 months I can do it the rest of the way. I try to just keep myself busy and not let my mind have free time.

  15. Profile photo of stylist2021 stylist2021 says:

    this is great info for me!

  16. Profile photo of Chapal Chapal says:

    Interesting. Anxiety is prevelant for many reasons.

  17. Profile photo of stephanie stephanie says:

    for some reason i get anxiety when im around a crowd of people

  18. Profile photo of adriana adriana says:

    Ive been having anxiety as it gets closer to bedtime every night. My husbands massages and an excellent pregnancy pillow really help.

  19. Profile photo of Mary Mullard Mary Mullard says:

    its so hard not to be stressed sometimes.

  20. Profile photo of Alyssa Alyssa says:

    The internet has become my worst enemy so far this pregnancy….not to mention friend’s and family’s horror stories that trigger the late night google searches. But overall, aside from thinking about l&d, I haven’t had much of a problem with anxiety.

  21. Profile photo of Jorbor84 Jorbor84 says:

    we had a huge scare during 9-11 weeks, the ultrasound techs thought they had seen hydrops in the babies abdomen along with a thickened nuchal. Luckily everything looks ok now and i am being closely watched.

    One of the specialists i had seen told me that having to go through tests and waiting the results are THE most stressful times during pregnancy, and told me the best thing to avoid stress in these times are to NOT look/google things up online, and to call the dr for reassurance even when you are crying on the phone, he/she will be able to help in any and every way they can to calm you down.

  22. Profile photo of koala koala says:

    I read dr sucess to my child

  23. Talking to my mom and boyfriend help when I feel anxious, or nervous. Also, I lay down and breathe and rub my belly and talk/sing to my baby.

  24. Profile photo of RobinSharpe RobinSharpe says:

    Deep breathing and talking with my husband about my anxieties has definitely helped me. I have been aware from the beginning of my pregnancy of what TV, movies and newspaper articles make me anxious and/or scared and I avoid them. Even shows that I regularly watch that are gory (Dexter, etc.) I have stopped watching just in case they make me anxious.

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