Anxiety can and will affect any person, whether you are a man or a woman. However, as a mother, we encounter anxiety at many stages of motherhood. For instance, if by chance you happen to have a complicated pregnancy, that is something that can cause severe anxiety. I am speaking from experience. My middle child Salomon VI was a high-risk pregnancy. I went into preterm labor at 23 weeks and from there was put on complete bed-rest until he came at 38 1/2 week. My baby boy Syair was also a high-risk pregnancy and I was once again put on bed rest until he came int this world. I was in and out of the hospital, could have easily lost my life had I not already knew the signs of a
"normal" pregnancy. My anxiety was at 1000% and no matter what I did, all I could do was, worry. Not about me though, but about my baby.
Anxiety is defined as, "mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. A certain level of anxiety helps us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, it feels far from normal - it can be completely debilitating" (Jovanovic, Tanja, et al, 15 Nov. 2018). Anxiety can affect how you sleep, your concentration, your ability to interact with others, the ability to do things outside of the comforts of your home. In some cases, anxiety can feel like you are suffocating with the overwhelming feeling of worrying and irrational thought that may consume your head. "It makes sufferers feel as though they have no control over their feelings, and it can involve severe physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, or trembling. It becomes classified as a disorder when normal anxiety becomes irrational and begins to recur and interfere with daily life" (Jovanovic, Tanja, et al, 15 Nov. 2018). It is so important to be aware of your emotions and thoughts are a mother because we do not want to project feelings of doubt and worry onto our children. We were chosen to be parents so that we can lead them in the right direction and guide them to be the best individual they can possibly be. Don't let anxiety take over your life. Be aware, seek help which can be as simply as talking to someone.
For more information about anxiety follow up at:
Jovanovic, Tanja, et al. “Anxiety " What Is Anxiety? Signs, Causes, Symptoms.” Anxiety.org, 15 Nov. 2018,
Glasofer, Deborah R. “How Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder Diagnosed Using the DSM-5?” Verywell Mind, Verywell Mind, 17 July 2019,