Hello mamas and mamas-to- be! Our topic today is a really good one because I am certain all of us have been through this one before -It’s called anxiety.
I know a lot of times we feel this emotion but we rarely talk about it. The fact that we hardly talk about it means we are not dealing with it. Thus we are prolonging our progress to become the true version of whom God has created us to be.
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Now I know anxiety is definitely a silent hot, hot topic everywhere because the majority of women will experience this symptom during this time in their lives. I am so delighted to help you in this journey. Guess what ? I have five grown adults whom I raised . Four of them I gave birth to . All beautiful girls , just like their beautiful mom. If you are pregnant, going through Anxiety and looking for real relief, help and support? You have come to the right place.
Are you looking to overcome the torture anxiety brings to your pregnant life? Ready to take a deep dive into : 10 Easy Top Things You Need To Do To Cope With Anxiety During Pregnancy
Because you are still here, you are ready to invest a little time to ease your fears and worries of life. In this post, you’ll get real, actionable steps to start confidently getting your life back on the road of recovery.
1.What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a state of unease, shyness, or fear that we all experience on occasion. It may leave you feeling physically uncomfortable or tense, and in more severe cases, physical sensations such as feeling sick or tightness in your chest may be very strong.
Learning how to deal with anxiety can benefit in the management of these symptoms and the control of anxiety. We all as humans have some level of anxiety which is normal. Some of us on the other hand especially during pregnancy, experience more worrying situations that could cause unsettling mind sets. Can I tell you it is all about your mind? Yes mam how you think plays an important role in how things turn out here.
According Huff post – 85 Percent of What We Worry About Never Happens ! Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” Now there’s a study that proves it. This study looked into how many of our imagined calamities never materialize. Anxiety really is a waste of time and energy.
Just think about it; most of the things you dread never happen. Correct?
2.Is it normal to have Anxiety during pregnancy?
We have all heard about postpartum depression, but most of us rarely hear or talk about Anxiety during pregnancy. Did you know for every 1:10 pregnant woman experience Anxiety ? You would think that with all the joys on having a baby can bring how could someone become anxious? We from my nursing experience so many things can go wrong in a relationship. This is a really big situation that I found in about 75% of my patients. Most of their partners left them with a baby to take care of while some of them had no jobs, or support from their family. Then there are other worries like:
Is my baby healthy?
Am I healthy?
Will my baby come too early?
Can I handle the pain of childbirth?
Maybe you can resonate with this. I want you block any negative thoughts that may cause you worry. Instead say the opposite of what the bible says and say it aloud.
Some women report a reduction in their symptoms during pregnancy, but your anxiety may worsen. For me personally, my anxiety levels surprisingly got better during my pregnancies. I used to be a quiet, reserved individual when I am not pregnant, somewhat shy.
During my pregnancies I observed that I became more vocal and unafraid of confronting situations that I would normally avoid unpregnant. It was pretty weird. After all, you don’t have control over everything that makes you anxious.
Scientists believe the chemicals in your brain may be affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy. This can be stressful. And just think about this- remember during your regular monthly period, you are normally more moody or easily irritated, so imagine being pregnant and fully loaded with more hormones -I can relate. Seriously!
Pregnancy is also a time of great transition. Some of these feelings and sensations are pleasant, while others are downright unpleasant and frightening. You may also encounter complications or other issues that keep you awake at night. Guess what? Life happens to all of us. God wants us to cast ALL of our care on Him. 1 Peter 5: 7.Do not worry my dear, there is hope for you today. I do not care how bad it seems, there is hope for you.
3. What are Anxiety symptoms?
All of us at some point will experience some form of anxiety and that is fine ,but when it comes begins to interfere with your daily life, it can make your life a living hell. Now as you know with everything there comes symptoms. Here is a list of some of the things you may find going on with you or someone you know experiencing Anxiety:
- Inability to sleep well
- feeling an overwhelming sense of nervousness
- Extreme worrying about things, especially your body or baby
- Short attention span causing inability to concentrate
- Moodiness ; feeling irritable or agitated
- having tense muscles
Did you know Anxiety comes occasionally in a more severe form called panic attacks?
Some of the more common mental and physical symptoms of anxiety are as follows:
- nervousness or restlessness feelings of danger, panic, or dread which never happens!
- a fast heartbeat
- perspiring, tremors, or chills
- fatigue or weakness
- gastrointestinal issues
4. Easy ,Top and Proven Things You Need To Do To Cope With Anxiety During Pregnancy
Here is some light to this tunnel you or the person you are thinking about are in.
1.Put your faith in the living God.
Anxiety is indeed a spirit that can cause you to be bound in your own body and mind. God does not want you to be overcome by fear but by faith in Him to deliver you. God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2Timothy 1:7). It is God’s desire for you to be free from fear.
2.Recognize and manage your stressors.
Identifying your triggers helps. You can identify triggers on your own or with the assistance of a therapist. Caffeine, alcohol, and smoking are examples of obvious triggers. They can also be less obvious at times. Deal with all stressors and bring peace to your life again.
Long-term issues, such as financial or work-related issues, may take some time to resolve — is it a due date, a person, or the situation? This may necessitate additional assistance, such as therapy or from friends.
Let me share with you my experience with anxiety. I was in my thirties when I came to grips with anxiety in my life. We all from time to time go through it with varying degrees. As a child I was always the one the teacher called on to answer the questions because I was so quiet. When I became a young adult I began to feel a sense of uncomfortableness around people.
My husband and I would go to the food store or in public places and I remember feeling so overwhelmed around people. My husband never knew until years later what had happened. As time when on I realized that I could not look people in their eyes . Now I know this was bad! I needed help. I never experienced the sweaty palms, or palpitations. I hated this feeling. and worked to freeing myself. Here are some of the things I did recognizing that my feelings were real and that they could be changed:
I cried out to God to rescue me. I knew that my God is a strong tower I could run to and be safe! (Proverbs 18:10). As a believer in God it was time for me to put my faith to the test. I began to be open to seeing people and eventually intentionally facing my giant. I went out more, I smiled with a genuine heart and looked people in their eyes and eventually as got more comfortable, I did it even more. As I continued to do it I noticed after 6 months things began to change. I was less anxious, but some anxiety was still there but I was doing so much better.
I want to encourage you to face your mountain and giants and watch God give you the victory. Get to know God – receive Him as your lord and personal saviour and depend on Him to bring you out. If He did it for me He can also do it for you. As a nurse I used this avenue to help me resolve this issue.
I would stand in the middle of the patients and talk to them about pregnancy related topics. I was so proud of myself. Mamas you have to leave the comfort zone and face those fears. You must be intentional and faithful in God depending on Him to bring you out.
I knew this was abnormal but what could I do? Nobody talked about it and today it is still the same. Nobody talks about it.
One of the most major obstacles to coping with anxiety and truly healing is refusing to acknowledge and feel your emotions.You can remain trapped in your anxiety. I had learned that having deep emotions was not acceptable, so when they surfaced, I tried to push them down.
This can hamper your ability to truly cope and heal. And by pushing down the emotions bubbling beneath the surface, anxiety bubbled up instead. Let this not be your portion.
3. Try journaling
I love journaling. I enjoy it every time I take the time to do it! Sometimes I just journal about what’s going on in my life, and other times I delve into some of my thoughts, fears, or anxieties. Journaling for me is real medicine because it can help you figure out what is causing your anxiety. It can also point you in the direction of things that will help you cope.
Grab a journal if you don’t already have one and start writing. You can respond to prompts such as:
- What happened during your day?
- What emotions are you currently experiencing?
- Why are you experiencing these emotions? Was there anything that triggered it?
- What were your week’s low and high points?
- What do you think? I think journaling will make a big difference in your life. Give it a try today. Another good thing about journaling I discovered was when you look back years later you are so thankful for where you are now. It becomes a celebration and appreciation for where you are. Isn’t that wonderful?
4. Read and study God’s word
My friend God’s word is powerful and sharper than any 2 edged sword. (Hebrews 4;12). You can also seek godly counsel. This has worked for many . Talking to a pastor or spiritual advisor you trust can also help.
Read the Bible and find Scripture that is encouraging to you, tailored to your situation and the things that make you anxious. These Scriptures should be written down, memorized, and reflected on intentionally daily. You can carry a small note pad or index card to help you out at certain times during the day.
Take relief and peace in Scripture, which promises you hope and a future. Fear, worry, and anxiety are all tools used by Satan to keep us from living the full life that God intends for us. These feelings can overwhelm us and paralyze us. Don’t let this happen to you.
These are the Scriptures I used in the Bible with conjunction with the Replacement Technique. When my mind begins to spiral out of control with anxiety, I will often stop my thoughts and mentally repeat a Scripture. I’ll say it out loud now and then. Saying it aloud works so much better when you say it allowed. Here are some scriptures you can study to remember when anxiety raises its ugly head. You can do this mama because Got gat you!!!😴
This fre seequently relaxes and redirects my thoughts. It works!
5. Get professional help
Professional assistance is good because it helps people learn different ways of thinking about and reacting to anxiety-causing situations. A therapist can help you develop ways to change negative thought patterns and behaviors before they spiral.
Research your community to find where help is available. Talk to your doctor for a referral to a therapist who is trained to help with anxiety. Some therapists specialize in helping pregnant women too.
6. Protect your little star
Did you know too much anxiety during pregnancy is associated with a risk of developing life threatening conditions like preeclampsia, premature birth, and low birth weight?
It is important that you talk about it. Do not be like me and keep it to yourself because nobody talks about it. If you’re feeling very anxious during your pregnancy, it’s important to tell someone. Your partner, a close friend, or family member may be able to offer support. Just sharing your thoughts and feelings may be enough to keep them from taking over your everyday life. I found talking to your baby helps to calm you and your baby. Remember that baby is feeling everything you are feeling.
7. Take some deep breaths
Deep abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes per day, according to the American Institute of Stress, can help with anxiety. This will increase the amount of oxygen in your brain and stimulate your nervous system.
To try it, sit comfortably and close your eyes. Imagine yourself smiling inwardly as you relax your muscles. Then imagine you have portals in your feet. Inhale deeply and visualize the air circulating throughout your body. Exhale and repeat.
8. Stay positive and schedule exercising
In spite of everything know that this too shall pass. Stay around pleasant people, places and things. Additionally, exercise is a great way to change your mood into a happy place . It works all the time with me. You know from time to time we all get a little. After a long day or a battle of the day I find exercising is a great mood changer. This is experience talking here! It makes you feel soooo good.🤩
9. Eat well and sleep
Finding the right foods to eat is very important. Stick towards the all natural foods as much as possible and avoid the processed foods. You are what you eat. getting the needed rest can help a lot. Reach out to relatives and friends to ask for help if you have other kids and need a break.
Trust God and as you also try the above remedies, you will gradually get well soon. Be patient and take one day at a time. You can also invest in a pregnancy pillow for added comfort to prevent the common aches and body discomforts.
10. Pray often
Did you know prayer is a mighty weapon for combating anxiety? Yes it is! A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is guaranteed by faith in Him to bring you victory. Make prayer to God a regular routine. 1Thessalonians 5:17 –
In this verse Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to pray continually.
Naturally, this does not mean to be in a state of prayer during every waking moment. Rather, we ought to be always in a “prayerful” state, and frequently speaking to God in actual, dedicated prayer. I use a prayer journal even after my experience. Its rewarding and comforting to look back to see where God has brought us from. Here are some of my favs prayer journals.
5. My prayer for you
If you need salvation:
SIMPLE STEPS TOWARDS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain
Jesus was God’s perfect son (without any fault) and yet He chose to take on all of our sin and die for us. For you! Then God raised Him from the dead and He became the only way to be saved.
Knowing Jesus is simply recognizing your need for Him, believing that He died and was resurrected for you… and inviting Him to be your friend, your advocate, your savior. If you want to receive Jesu Christ as your personal saviour repeat after me:
Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and in need of salvation. I believe that You came to earth to seek and to save people who are lost in their sin and I believe that You died on the cross as the substitute for my sin.
I believe that You took the punishment that I deserved for the sins that I have committed and forgave me all my sins. I believe that You died for me and that You rose again from the dead, and that whoever believes in You will not perish but have everlasting life.
I trust in You and I place my faith in You. Thank You for dying for me, forgiving my sins, making me clean and covering me in Your own prefect righteousness. Thank You for all that You have done for me. I receive You into my life as my Saviour and choose to follow You and serve You all my life. Thank You for hearing my prayer,
Congratulations on receiving Jesus as your personal savior. The Holy Spirit is now living inside you and your inner man is renewed. The road is not perfect but everyday STUDY God’s word daily, pray often, and find a church, people, and places to help you grow more in the things of Christ. We walk by faith and not by sight.
Never look at what your physical circumstances reveal rely on the word of God. That is what will bring the change to your life. The race is not for the swiftest but for those who endure to the end. (Matthew 24:13)
So today as you stumbled in this global space, I speak the healing of God over your life. I pray God’s peace over you. and your unborn baby. I pray that your partner would line up with God’s word and support, love, and care for you.
Lord help this visitor to reach out by faith and touch you like the lady who had the issue of blood. Let her know that nothing is impossible with you. I come against every spirit of infirmity, sickness, and anxiety they may be be going through.
Say this Anxiety deliverance prayer with me:
Thank you Lord I have overcome Anxiety over my life. I overcame when you died on the cross to save me. By your stripes Anxiety was abolished! I will rest in you. I believe with you all things are possible. I will cast down every thought that is not of you. I submit my mind to the mind of Christ. I cast every care on you like you told me because I know you care for me. In Jesus name I pray amen!
Believe by that by faith it is done because we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5: 7). Hebrews 11:6 – Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him. Continue to do the things above to help you unwind. Give God thanks daily for what He is doing in your life. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says : Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Here is a great book that help me when I was struggling . One of my favs. Check it out below
Anxiety is common during pregnancy. It’s also highly individual, so what works for your friend might not work for you. Maintain open lines of communication with the people you care about, experiment with stress management techniques, and keep your doctor informed. Thanks for stopping by to day and do come again. You can like, comment or ask a question if you like. I would love to hear from you.🥰
The sooner you seek assistance, the sooner you will be able to find peace of mind for your own health and the health of your growing child. Thank you for stopping by to day. I hope you try some of these :Easy , Top , PROVEN Things You Need To Do To Cope With Anxiety During Pregnancy
Thought for today:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
I have more goodies for you. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Get your life back on track. Sign up today for the
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