Being concerned about whether anxiety or stress will affect your baby is understandable, but it can also create a vicious cycle of thoughts. You may be feeling anxious during your pregnancy, then begin to worry if it this is affecting your baby and so become even more anxious.
It is very unlikely that your baby will be affected by stress or anxiety, if you get the right treatment and support. So try to focus on asking for help and finding ways to manage your symptoms.
There are several ways to get help and support for how you’re feeling. What you’re offered will depend on what your symptoms are and how bad they are, what’s available locally and what you and your healthcare professional think will help.
The first step is to talk to your midwife or doctor about how you’re feeling.
Some pregnant women feel distressed or guilty about feeling anxious or panicky when everyone expects them to be happy. Pregnancy can be a very emotional experience. Try to remember that your healthcare professionals won’t judge you for how you feel. Their focus will be on finding ways to help you stay well so you can take care of yourself and your baby.
Have a look at our ideas for coping with stress and top tips for looking after your emotional wellbeing.
For specific worries, such as money, housing, relationships there are local and national organisations that may be able to help you too. Ask your midwife or GP for details.
Managing mental health problems can be difficult when you’re pregnant. Try to be confident that you are doing everything you can to take care of your baby.
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Some mums expect to feel excited and happy throughout their pregnancy. Unfortunately this isn't always the case, but there are things you can do to take care of your mental health.
It’s natural to feel a bit stressed or anxious when you’re pregnant. If you are struggling with these feelings you may need help.
Further help and information on mental health in pregnancy
Mark and I have two girls. We also had a son, Alexander, but he was stillborn at 36 weeks.
People were just completely bemused if I said, ‘I don’t really like being pregnant.’
I always say, ‘If your feelings are not normal for you, come and talk to us.’
ℹLast reviewed on October 12th, 2018. Next review date October 12th, 2021.