Updated: Jul 16
June 2017 Week 17
“Happy birthday to me.”
It’s my birthday and I’m not feeling in a celebratory mood my husband suggested dinner with some close friends which was all I could muster to be honest. We did have a nice meal with my nearest and dearest, but all I wanted to do was sleep which is what I want to do most of the time these days.
I noticed I’m starting to really slow down and thank god work is quieting down and preparing for the summer holidays school break. I’m sleeping much more often than usual and feeling overwhelming anxious. I keep thinking something bad is going to happen to me and my babies I try to think positive thoughts but find it hard. I'm finding it more difficult to breathe and that's a combination of having asthma and baby weight - I just feel so heavy.
I was researching anxiety during pregnancy online and found that most women in their first trimester experience some episodes of anxiousness especially first-time mums who have never experienced childbirth before. This made me feel a bit more relaxed knowing it’s not only me. However, I decided to do something different this month I went on YouTube to find videos of pregnant women coping with anxiety. This gave me a really great insight into anxiety and how women with it felt, what they did to cope and the importance of having support around you from family/friends. Anxiety is not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about there are support groups and forums out there that you can talk too. Speak to your doctor or midwife also as they can help. There is a lot of information out there on the web here are a few useful links but if you’re link me join a pregnancy app and talk to different women from all over the works about your pregnancy it’s really helpful: