Pregnancy is somehow complicated. Women are mostly full of joy during this period. Some of them are grateful for having a baby on the way, and enjoy the whole 36 to 40 weeks. Pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, frequent vomiting, severe headache, bad back pain, and strange cravings are not surprising and assumed as normal steps during pregnancy. Most moms-to-be struggle to face these symptoms and finally defeat them. However, some infrequent, weird pregnancy symptoms can surprise you. Something like hating your spouse during the whole 9 months might get in your way. You might wonder whether it is normal and not harmful for your baby. As a matter of fact, a pregnant woman’s emotion is indeed unpredictable. It can go like roller coaster in short period of time. Some of these soon-to-be moms even report to experience panic attacks during their pregnancy. You might have heard that panic attacks are dangerous for your health, even when you are not pregnant. Given the situation that you are pregnant and carrying a baby that is mostly affected by your state of mind, this attack might be dangerous.
Who might likely get panic attacks during pregnancy?
Although not all pregnant women experience it, panic attack might happen to almost anyone pregnant. Even if you seem to hardly get panic or concerned before the baby bump, you might experience this attack when you are pregnant. Similar to other pregnancy symptoms and effects, this panic attack can be experienced by any pregnant woman. However, some studies conclude that pregnant women who is carrying their third baby onwards are more likely to undergo this phenomenon. However, some women get pregnant with their first child might also attacked by severe panic. Pregnant women who experienced panic attacks before pregnancy are also in the risk of experiencing it during pregnancy.
Why are the symptoms of panic attacks?
Ten percent of pregnant women experience panic attacks during pregnancy. The level of this panic attack might be different from one person to another. However, panic attacks during pregnancy is marked by several symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, chest pain or heartburn, shaking or trembling, breathing difficulty, and headache or dizziness. Some women also experience wet hand or foot palms. Moms-to-be might complain about severe nausea and dizziness and the feeling of continuous anxiety. She might be worried about something bad that can happen to her pregnancy, about her inability to produce normal delivery, about her baby development, or even about the possibility of her death when giving birth.
Why do I get panic attacks when pregnant?
Most of the changes you undergo during your 9 months of pregnancy have something to do with your sudden hormonal changes. The increase amount of certain hormones will give effect to your body, as the way of responding to it. Panic attack is one of the effect of your hormone system changes. The sudden changes cause moms-to-be to be dramatic and hence, may develop some unreasonable doubts and negative thoughts during pregnancy. Beside this internal cause, panic attack can also be caused by the habit of consuming anxiety-triggering substances, such as coffee or tea. Uncomfortable surrounding, like overheated space or rooms, crowded public transportation, or too-dark rooms might also trigger this anxiety.
Does it affect my baby?
When a mother-to-be experience rapid heartbeat accompanied by dizziness and nausea, her body block the blood stream heading to her baby’s placenta. As the result, the oxygen flow to the baby is decreasing. This will possibly cause low birth weight and premature labor. Besides, moms-to-be that has panic attack is more likely to experience baby blues after delivery.
How do I handle panic attack during pregnancy?
Panic attack during pregnancy is the hormonal as well as physiological triggered condition. Sudden hormonal changes and the way women view their pregnancy are the major causes. In fact, moms-to-be can help themselves to defeat this attack by thinking positive about their pregnancy. You are advised to get help from religious practitioners or their spouses to ensure that their pregnancy will be just fine. You are also advised to avoid panic-triggering drinks. Besides, you can get relaxation to help you, such as doing yoga and meditation during your pregnancy.