Mental Health And Your Pregnancy

5 months ago
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Pregnancy is often looked at as a miraculous phase in a woman’s life. With all the changes occurring in your body to accommodate you and your growing baby, women often attribute every major and minor struggle they face during pregnancy, to a change in their hormones. However being in tune with what is normal and what is not, is very important.

Mental health is even today considered a taboo and remains an underdiagnosed condition among communities worldwide. However, it is vital for every mother-to-be to watch out for signs which indicate that she might need help. Following are a few signs that you and your family members ought to look out for during your pregnancy-

Decreased Self Esteem

A decline in your confidence levels, and overt concerns about the negative aspects of pregnancy is usually an indication that you could have a self esteem that is toppling over. Besides the normal feelings of uneasiness, most woman are elated with becoming a mother. If you feel that your current situation is affecting you in a negative way, it is usually something you need to discuss with a healthcare professional.

Unusual Feelings of Sadness or Hopelessness

It is quite normal to have the occasional day when you are feeling under the weather. Many women attribute most of their mood changes to their rising hormone levels. However, if you notice such feelings are persistent over time, it is not something you ought to dismiss easily. Contact your doctor and mention exactly what your concerns are.

Inadequate Night’s Rest

An average of 7 - 8 hours of sleep is a must for any pregnant mother. And with your growing baby draining all your energy it is only natural for your body to require a good night’s rest. Decline in your sleep hygiene in addition to your depressed mood lately, could be an indication for requirement of professional assistance.

Lack Of Interest In Your Regular Activities

Most pregnant women thoroughly enjoy their daily activities as they previously did before finding out they were pregnant. If you find your day to day routine contains less of what initially made you happy, pay close attention it.

Occasional Delusional Thinking

This peculiar symptom is hard to notice on our own. Your spouse may notice if your mind is wandering and you begin to have ideas that other people or aliens from the “outer cosmic universes” are out to get you. While general wondering of such is normal, talking about it incessantly is a sure warning sign to get a professional opinion.

Excess Worry About Trivial Matters

Overthinking is common among the general population. However, worrying in excess is a sign that you may have troubles with anxiety. General worry about mundane daily happenings, in excess of your norm, is usually something you ought to get checked out.

Eating Too Much Or Too Less

Under the notion that during pregnancy you are consuming for two, most women generally eat more than their usual diet. But when consuming meals or even snacks, it would be good to assess your feelings while you eat. Eating too much sugar, or starchy snacks while you are uneasy or anxious should be something you should watch out for. Most women are advised to consume healthy snacks and take a nutritious diet. If you note too many feel good items lying around as snacks you might have to assess for further concerns.

At the other end of the spectrum there are women who are afraid of gaining too much weight. They are repulsed by the way their pregnant body looks and begun to cut back on meals, which on the whole is detrimental. All these are indications that you should pay your doctor a visit.

Fatigue Throughout The Day

It is common for women to feel tired during pregnancy. This is because your body is adjusting to your baby growing inside you. But feeling a drain of energy all day, even after a good night’s rest should be something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Women should consume a nutritious diet and participate in some activities during the day to boost energy levels. However if you feel this isn’t helping check in with your doc to ensure all is fine.

Always paying close attention to your mood is vital. Studies show that a lot of mental illness untreated during pregnancy heightens post pregnancy. It usually isn’t of much benefit for your little one to have a mom who isn’t able to show them the affection they deserve. Consulting with your gynaecologist, who might then refer you to a psychiatrist is the best way to go. Most mental illnesses don’t require medications. Regular one on one sessions with a doctor, along with a few modifications in your current lifestyle should help you to overcome most symptoms you might be experiencing.

Having to ask for help with your mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and neither is it your fault. Your aim should be to be the best version of you after your baby is born.