Pregnancy anxiety is a situation-specific negative emotional state tied to pregnancy-specific concerns or worries.
Pregnancy is the period from conception to childbirth and is divided into three trimesters, with an average gestational length of 40 weeks. While pregnancy can be a positive experience for many women and their families, it can also be a very stressful time. Some pregnant women become anxious about the health of their fetus, labor and delivery, and their ability to parent a new infant, among other concerns. Pregnancy anxiety (also referred to as pregnancy-specific anxiety or pregnancy-related anxiety) is a situation-specific negative emotional state tied to pregnancy-specific concerns or worries. Anxietyis defined as a negative emotional state characterized by worry, fear, and intrusive thoughts that are typically related to future events and often accompanied by somatic symptoms such as...
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