I’m now 12+6 weeks pregnant and finally had my first scan but in those first 12 weeks I’ve experienced so much anxiety to the point I was shaking when I walked into the ultrasound room. So many thoughts go through our mind when it comes to our children and when they’re still at that crucial yet early stage, where you can’t feel them or see them, sometimes you doubt if you’re even pregnant.
There have been better days and harder days during the first trimester but I’ve really been trying to deal with my anxiety which has gone through the roof with pregnancy. I’ve not really had a lot of symptoms which is probably why I’ve struggled so much. No morning sickness, but felt queasy during the first six weeks. Headaches but that is something I suffer with regularly anyway. Tiredness, but sometimes I just go to bed because I have nothing else to do. Food intake hasn’t increased, I’m overweight and eat too much as it is. So it’s really hard to pinpoint the pregnancy symptoms when all you’ve had is no period.
I wanted to share a few things that might help you cope with your anxiety during the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Talk to someone. A friend, parent, partner, midwife, GP or anyone if you’re worried or feeling unnecessarily anxious. It is always best to get your feelings out than keeping them closed up. If someone tells you you’re being silly, then speak to someone more understanding.
- If you notice anything unusual or something that you didn’t know about before then again, speak to a healthcare professional.
- Take pregnancy vitamins and eat as healthy as you can. Now is not the time to focus on weight loss but the time to give your body all the nutrients it needs, craves and deserves. If you’re feeling really sick then just eat what you can or what you’re craving. Better to give your body something. At least doing this you’ll know you’re giving you and your baby as much as you can give them during these early stages.
- Take time to relax. We focus on all the things we can’t do in pregnancy but there are plenty of things we can do. Read a book, go for a walk or a swim. Some light exercise can make you feel really good and take your mind off your worries.
- Join some pregnancy forums or boards. Sometimes this can really help answer some questions although you should always follow advice from your GP or midwife who know your personal circumstances but it can be super helpful to read about other people’s experiences. On the other hand, this could give you more to worry about so if you think this will affect your anxiety negatively then stay away.
- Keep a journal and write down all your thoughts and feelings. Whilst I haven’t felt comfortable blogging about my pregnancy up until this point (now I’ve had the scan) writing things down privately has really helped to stop me getting so overwhelmed.
I hope this has helped you a little bit and I hope that you continue to thrive and enjoy your pregnancy. Don’t let anxiety get you down!