Feeling Worried or Anxious During Pregnancy - Antenatal Anxiety

It is very common to feel anxious or worried during pregnancy. More than 1 in 10 women will have clinical levels of anxiety during pregnancy, but many more women than this will also feel very anxious during this period.

The period between when you first find out you're pregnant and have a scan can be particularly worrying, as you don’t have anything to tell you your baby is alive and okay--and this feeling of uncertainty and anxiety can continue throughout the first, second and third trimesters. Worries about the health of your baby, that your baby might get hurt, about having a difficult birth, or what things will be like after you have the baby, are also very common worries.

For some people, these worries will just be mild and a small part of their pregnancy experience. However for others, they become overwhelming or even lead to panic attacks. These can feel very frightening.

If you feel your worries during pregnancy are interfering with your daily life, causing you to have panic attacks, or you are finding it difficult to relax, it is important to speak to your doctor to see how you can get help. You can also find some exercises that can help you feel calmer in a moment of anxiety and strategies for managing your worries over the longer term in the app. Once you start implementing these techniques, you may find they help you right away - especially the more you practice them.