Pregnancy is generally thought to be a time of happiness and emotional well-being for a woman. There are different symptoms and causes of panic attacks in pregnant women.
Pregnancy is generally thought to be a time of happiness and emotional well-being for a woman. Panic disorder is different from the normal fear and anxiety reactions to stressful events in our lives. Women who have a history of panic attacks are more likely to experience panic attacks when they are pregnant. The women complain about being in a constant state of anxiety. On the other hand, there are other women who will complain about being depressed all the time.
Panic attacks during pregnancy are even worse. When you’re pregnant, you’re already suffering from an emotional and stressful time, and often worried about the health of your baby. When you then suffer from panic attacks, it can turn your whole world upside down, and lead to a significantly stressful pregnancy and worries about your future.
Causes of Panic Attacks
There are different causes of panic attacks in pregnant women. During pregnancy, there are a number of changes that come about in a woman’s body. The hormones have an important role to play in the same. They are often responsible for the panic attacks. Other than the hormones, there are other reasons which can also cause this condition.
It’s the same with pregnancy. Scientists know many of the reasons that pregnant women are more prone to panic attacks, but it’s not entirely clear why some women seem to get panic attacks while other’s done. Most likely, there is some type of genetic ability to have a panic attack that affects some people and not others.
Symptoms of Panic Attacks
The most common symptoms of panic attack are a racing heart, shortness of breath, trembling feeling, palpitations, hot and cold flashes, upset stomach, etc. Some women may also suffer from feelings of impending doom. When a woman suffers from panic attacks, she may be tensed or irritated for no particular reason, or be agitated or vigilant.
If you have four or more of the following symptoms, you may be having a panic attack:
- Sudden high level of anxiety – with or without a cause
- Dizziness or faintness
- A feeling of choking
- Heart palpitations
- A ‘smothering’ sensation
- Chest pain or discomfort
- A sense of unreality
- Numbness or tingling
- A fear of dying
- Chills or hot flushes
Panic Attacks Treatment
The first measure in panic attack treatment is to make use of some relaxation techniques. The technique may involve going to a peaceful environ, or taking up a lighthearted, fun activity. There are deep breathing exercises which can also be practiced to get rid of panic attacks. It is advisable to consult a gynecologist about the same. Depending on the condition of the woman, he may recommend medications to get rid of the condition.
However, it is very possible that the doctor will avoid recommending medications, as they can have adverse effects on the growing fetus. In some cases, therapy may be recommended to the woman, so that the woman is able to overcome the fears that she is facing. If the stress levels increase during pregnancy, then measures will have to be taken to lower the stress levels, so that the panic attacks can be brought under control.