Pregnancy sure brings joy and excitement with it but there is also nervousness and uncertainty, experiencing some emotional change at this time is understandable. If you are feeling worried and anxious ,and its causing stress during pregnancy, please know you are not alone.
All of us start taking care of our physical health as soon as we learn that we are pregnant but forget that there are going to be a lot of stressful arrangements to be made and we should be mentally prepared for them. There can be serious side effects of stress.If you are mentally healthy, you will be able to manage the challenges of pregnancy and life with the new baby in the best possible way. For a healthy baby and healthy self, we know we should be eating well exercising, sleeping enough and taking our prenatal vitamins, but what about if you are sad, or anxious or feeling worried, the answer is talk, talk to someone about it, try to prevent stress and know when to reach out for help. Try to figure out how to relax yourself as mental health during pregnancy is also as important as physical.
Women and men can both experience mental health issues and stress during pregnancy (the ‘antenatal’ period), as well as after the birth (the ‘postnatal’ period).
For some people, pregnancy can lead to conditions such as depression, anxiety and in some cases even bipolar disorder.
There are some risk factors making some women and men much more vulnerable to depression and anxiety in pregnancy as compared to others, these are:
Many expecting mums and dads experiencing these risk factors transition into parenthood relatively easily and with few complications. But we also know that many others don’t, and that this can develop into antenatal or postnatal anxiety or depression.
Also, just because these risk factors do not apply to someone, it does not mean that they cannot develop depression or anxiety in pregnancy.
Sometimes stress during pregnancy can just be something that we can take control of ourselves. Try to understand how to divert mind from stress, it could be music, reading, a short walk, a long drive, or even just a hot water shower, anything that can divert your mind, as we all know that positive thoughts in pregnancy can be rewarding.
Having said that keep a lookout for signs that you may need help, and be ready to take action if you need to. If you believe you might be experiencing symptoms of antenatal or post natal anxiety or depression – or are simply confused about what you are feeling – seek help as early as you can.
Seek advice from a health professional if:
There are plenty of things you can do to help manage your mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy.
It's important to treat mental health during pregnancy. Mothers who stress during pregnancy, are depressed, anxious, or have another issue might not get the medical care they need. They might not take care of themselves, or they may use drugs and alcohol during the pregnancy. All of these things can harm a growing baby. If there is depression or anxiety in pregnancy, talk to a doctor, counsellor, or therapist, and get help right away. The sooner treatment starts, the sooner you'll feel better.
Please remember, there is nothing wrong with you. What you are feeling is real. Many moms feel anxious or depressed at some point in their pregnancy, and some may even need treatment for it. But a mental health problem doesn't have to be a problem for you or your baby. Get the help you need to feel better, and you'll be doing the best thing for you both.