It is a common experience that the expectancy around receiving your hearts deepest desires can result in a huge spike in anticipation anxiety. A woman’s transition into motherhood signifies an immense amount of change and a new role with an entire set of shifting responsibilities. Statistics indicate that about 20-40% of pregnant women experience anxiety while pregnant Anxiety during pregnancy (also known as Maternal Anxiety), is a normal and common response to such a meaningful transformation. One of the most joyous and fulfilling life experiences can also be one of the most worrisome for expectant mothers. Thus, Maternal Anxiety is a normal response to a major life change. Factors that may contribute to anxiety during pregnancy include concerns of the child’s current and future health/development, changes in the expectant mother’s physical appearance, fear of giving birth, and an exacerbation of underlying mental health symptoms.

How do you know if you have Maternal Anxiety?

If you’re pregnant and currently experiencing any of the following:

  • Fears and worries that consume your daily functioning
  • Unmanageable stress or overwhelm about yourself or baby most of the time
  • Difficulty getting restful sleep as a result of negative thoughts or feelings
  • Experience of panic attacks

What are some helpful coping skills to deal with impending motherhood?

  • Talk to your immediate support group such as family and friends. Healthy relationships can be crucial during life changes!
  • Physical activity consisting of walks can be extremely beneficial as it releases endorphins and helps boost mood and energy levels.
  • Spending time in nature can help one feel connected to nature and naturally feel relaxed.
  • Prenatal yoga may help with sleep, decrease lower back pain, and help with mental toughness.
  • Mindfulness breathing exercises can be effective in calming the nervous system and reducing hormonal stress.
  • Individual therapy can help expectant mothers overcome their concerns and ease their worries.
  • Self care: chiropractic, acupuncture, massage
  • Practicing self-compassion and gentleness. Be kind to yourself and focus on giving to yourself during this time by doing things that make you happy.

Mayra Iniguez is a licensed marriage & family therapist and certified for EMDR. To connect with Mayra with additional questions, please contact her at: 657-999-0052 or