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Living with a phobia can be distressing and cause you anxiety and stress. This may be amplified if you are pregnant, due to hormonal changes and the extra stresses you’re facing.

If your anxiety levels are high and your phobia is affecting your day-to-day life, it’s best to consult a doctor about it. Our online GPs are here to provide the support and help you may need to deal with a phobia when pregnant.

How do phobias affect you if you’re pregnant?

Phobia symptoms are different for everyone and can vary in severity.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Feeling faint, lightheaded or dizzy
  • Racing heartbeat or palpitations
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Sensation of choking
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Confusion
  • Needing to go to the toilet

During pregnancy, it is important to take care of yourself and keep stress levels to a minimum. Living with a phobia during pregnancy can feel like an added pressure, so you should consult a doctor if you feel like you need help.

Phobia treatments in pregnancy

The first place to go to get treatment for a phobia is a GP. At Push Doctor, our caring GPs will listen to your symptoms and understand how your phobia is impacting your life. They can then suggest treatments that are available to you, refer you to a specialist if needed and answer any questions you may have.

Treatment for a phobia can include:

  • Self-help, including books, online programmes and support groups.
  • A talking therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or counselling
  • Medication to help with the anxiety that your phobia causes
  • A combination of all or some of these

If medication is advised, your doctor will talk you through what is available to you while you are pregnant, as not all medications are suitable.

Find out more about how to treat phobias.

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