Mental health during pregnancy is as important as your physical well-being. Only with a healthy mind, you will able to deal with the challenges of pregnancy. Changes in hormones can make you go through emotional changes but you should not worry about it. Though, it is important for an expectant mother to take her emotional health seriously.
Experiencing mood swings and undergoing various other emotional changes is normal. But you have to understand that at times it is a matter of concern.
At that time there are a few things which you should keep in mind.
Don’t isolate yourself
Antenatal depression is a real thing and can be caused because of various reasons. You may experience excessive fatigue, and may also feel extremely tired, sick, moody or angry during your pregnancy. You may start getting anxious about what sort of a parent you will become. Feeling tired, low or anxious most means antenatal depression and you might start to isolate yourself during this time. However, that’s what you need to understand that isolating yourself will only act as a fuel to your depression. You need to go out and tell how you are not feeling so great. Changing emotions can be tiring at times but talking, to family, friends and your health care provider might help.
It’s NOT your fault
Both the to-be parents need to understand that depression is not a mother’s fault. There can be various contributing factors to perinatal mood disorder like:
- History of psychiatric disorder.
- Lack of support from spouse or family.
- The physical or mental torture of any sort.
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
- Restrictions motherhood may place on your lifestyle.
- Complications during previous pregnancies.
Anyone can face psychiatric disorder and you have got to understand that there is nothing to be ashamed of that. It is just another disorder which can be cured with proper medical treatment. You need to talk to your doctor with complete honesty to make your doctor understand your problem better.
Don’t just wait for it to go away
A lot of problems during pregnancy go away on their own. But the expectant mothers sometimes simply wait for the problems related to their mental health to fade. But, when it comes to mental health one needs to take immediate action. Waiting for it to just go away may make the condition worse. So, the patient must see a therapist if you feel the same negative emotion for more than two weeks.
It is difficult to overcome with negative thoughts no matter how much people try to cheer you up. But during this phase, you need not take much stress. Instead, try things which you used to enjoy earlier or try new things. Make a list and complete those tasks and keep yourself busy.
The tasks you plan to do should be doable and realistic. Do not expect too much of yourself. Differentiate between things you can do and things which you need to do. Unless you actually have to do, try and not make major changes during this time.
Support groups are a Godsend
You are not alone who is facing depression, so make connections with other expectant mothers and join support groups. Connecting with similar people who have the same issues as you may help you.
You can take medication
Studies have proven that treating depression as early as it is detected gives positive results in just 5-14 sessions. There is no reason to procrastinate taking treatment as progress often happens quickly.
There are multiple ways to deal with depression during pregnancy. One can either choose therapies to overcome depression like light cognitive behavioral therapy. Medication is also available for expectant mothers under doctors advice.
Antenatal depression doesn’t always mean that you’ll definitely have PND
If you have suffered depression during pregnancy it is not necessary that you will go through postpartum depression as well. And if you feel wobbly after delivery consults your doctor to recognize the signs early and for a one-time treatment.
To prevent PND do not abruptly stop taking your medication for depression without consulting your healthcare provider. Also, make time to exercise as it can act as a good preventive measure.
It is life and you have got to take it easy
You have to understand that you can’t underestimate the impact, having a baby may have on a mother. Having a baby is already a big change like sleep deprivation, body-ache, and pains and hormonal changes it makes more difficult. So, you and your partner should keep real life expectations and not stress yourself out.
You are not a bad mother
Comparing yourself with other women and their pregnancy is not a smart thing to do. Just because you are struggling with your pregnancy doesn’t mean that you will not be a good mother. Life experiences and ways of handling each situation of each person are different. You may be struggling now but your efforts to get better is what matters.
Although experiencing depression during pregnancy can be confusing and a bit scary but you need to understand that you are not alone, most expectant mothers suffer from anxiety and some level of depression during their pregnancy. But a mental health issue does not have to bother yours or your baby’s well being. You can get the help you require to feel better and this is the best you can do for both yourself and your baby. With the right treatment and support can make things better.
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