Pregnancy Worry/Antenatal Anxiety Symptoms

It is very normal to feel some feelings of anxiety or worry during pregnancy. However, for some women, their worries can be more severe.

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling tense, nervous or unable to relax

  • Having a sense of dread or fearing the worst e.g. about your baby or yourself

  • Overly worrying about your baby being in danger

  • Worrying that you’re losing touch with reality

  • Feeling like other people can see you’re anxious and are looking at you

  • Feeling like the world is speeding up or slowing down

  • Worrying a lot about things that might happen in the future

  • Imagining your baby coming to harm

  • Concerns about your baby’s safety affecting your daily life

  • Worrying about anxiety itself e.g. worrying about when panic attacks might happen

  • Persistent fears of death for you or your baby

  • Having panic attacks

Panic attacks can come on quickly. Signs you may be having one are:

  • Sudden rush of fear or panic

  • A racing heart

  • Feeling faint

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sweating

  • Nausea

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • A choking sensation

  • Dizziness

  • Numbness or pins and needles

  • Dry mouth

  • A need to go to the toilet

  • Ringing in your ears

  • A feeling of dread or a fear of dying

  • A churning stomach

  • A tingling in your fingers

  • Feeling like you're not connected to your body

Managing these feelings can be really hard. While there are tradeoffs between different treatment options, there are different things that you can try that may provide both short-term and long-term relief, which are both really important. You can reach out to your doctor or another health professional for advice. Please do not struggle alone, as there are resources available to help you. Reaching out for help may make both you feel better and may also help support your baby’s healthy development.