Pregnancy & beyond

Overview

No one can possibly tell you what it feels like to be pregnant or have a baby. It is a personal experience.  It can be joyous and also a time of worry and anxiety. Being worried and anxious when you are pregnant and a new mum is not uncommon. It is when anxiety starts to interfere with your daily life that it is time to do something about it. If you would like to know more about worry and anxiety at this time in your life you have come to the right place. 

Explore the following pages to learn more about anxiety and worry, think about how anxiety affects you and find ways to help with those anxious thoughts and feelings. Below are the definitions for worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders. See if one sounds more like you. If you are unsure if you have anxiety or worry, go to our self-assessment pages to explore your thoughts and feelings further.

Pregnancy & beyond

Dr Mandy Deeks, Psychologist and Professor Jane Fisher, Jean Hailes Professor of Women’s Health at Monash University discuss anxiety and worry in pregnancy and when you are a new mum.

How anxious do you feel?

Worry

Worry is when your concerns and feelings about things that are happening in your life cause you to feel toubled.

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Anxiety

Anxiety is when you have a sense of fear and apprehension that something bad could happen. It is manageable but not very pleasant.

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Anxiety disorders

An anxiety disorder is when your day-to-day life feels overtaken by constant fear and worry that something bad is going to happen. You feel the anxiety in your body - perhaps your breathing is faster or you can feel your heart racing.

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Created on 18/08/2013 | Updated on 24/10/2017
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About Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes is Australia’s leading and most trusted women’s health organisation. We believe in physical and emotional health and wellbeing in all its dimensions for all women in Australia throughout their lives.

We offer a range of free resources and easy to understand information on women’s health and wellbeing. Appointments at our specialist women’s health clinics can be made in person (East Melbourne and Clayton, VIC) or across Australia via our Telehealth consultation service. www.jeanhailes.org.au

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