Statistics show that approximately 6% of women experience anxiety during pregnancy, but I suspect that the percentage is actually much higher than that. This episode covers pregnancy anxiety, which is something I see a lot in my practice. Many women have questions about this topic, especially since it’s something that is frequently waved off and disregarded by healthcare providers. It’s a topic that’s close to my heart because I see a lot of outdated tools and techniques touted as the solution. The truth is that your physical body holds the key. Let’s jump into pregnancy anxiety together!
In this episode...
Part of the normal changes that occur during pregnancy is that your nervous system reactions are heightened, but having intrusive thoughts is not normal [5:35]
You need to recognize when anxiety becomes more than the standard biological shift that occurs with pregnancy [8:40]
The physical sensations are tied to a previous experience that made you feel unsafe [13:25]
Anxiety is just a symptom of nervous system dysregulation [16:34]
If there has been a history of trauma that is unresolved, most often anxiety is a nervous system dysregulation and NOT clinical anxiety [19:27]
Without a feeling of safety in your body, there’s not one tool, technique, or therapy that will stick [22:06]
Your thoughts are a terrible symptom of your nervous system dysregulation [23:51]
Once you feel safe in your body, you feel safe everywhere, even if you’ve had a terrible journey to this point [31:34]
The cure--the antidote--to all of this is to reconnect so you can feel safe again [33:49]]
Practice turning into your body and asking what your body needs right now [36:14]
You have to rebuild the foundation of what your body needs and reconnect with the sensations of your body [40:44]
The dysregulation in pregnancy that we experience as anxiety does not get better when your baby comes home [41:59]
We have to know where to look to address this dysregulation and know how to support the body [46:20]
You have to learn to identify your “alarm thoughts” vs. your “quiet voice” [47:22]
I love to see women get their power and control back again in the pregnancy experience [51:31]
The question to ask is, “Why is this happening?” [55:35] Your takeaways for this topic [56:48]
You have to learn to identify your “alarm thoughts” vs. your “quiet voice".
Resources from the show:
How the Mind-Body Approach Can Help You Stay Pregnant [Case Study]
Why Nervous System Regulation is Essential for Optimal Pregnancy and Postpartum Health
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