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Anxiety in pregnancy

Some women can start feeling very low emotionally leading to depression in pregnancy as a result of having anxiety.

13% of pregnant women experience anxiety – (NICE 2015)

It is normal during pregnancy to feel anxious and stressed. However, if it becomes too intense or goes on for too long, some evidence suggests that this may impact on the emotional development of your baby during the early years of its life. Accessing help and support to reduce your anxiety can have a positive effect.

Getting support early is the best way to help your baby and you to reduce anxiety. Please talk to your midwife or GP if you feel you are feeling more anxious than normal.

More reading on the guidance healthcare professionals follow: NICE - Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal human reaction and it can be hard to recognise when these reactions start to become a problem. If your feelings become very strong or start to last for a long time, it can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally.

If your thoughts and feelings are beginning to affect your daily routine, then we would encourage you to seek further support.

Anxiety feels like...

Physical Feelings

Psychological feelings