Hormones, changes in the body, swollen limbs, nausea, morning sickness, weight gain, insomnia, fatigue, the list can go on and on about what a woman experiences when she’s pregnant. The body is going through so many changes, and there are mental changes, too; your nurturing instincts are high, you’re constantly on your guard, and there’s fear, anger, aggression, depression, happiness, just so many emotions.
In general, pregnancy is amazing, and it’s amazing how one person can handle all of these physical and mental changes during the nine months it’s happening. But with these changes, you need to show some love to yourself. It takes a while to recover from pregnancy and even giving birth, and regardless of which stage you’re on, you’re going to have to focus on your mental well-being. So, here’s what you need to do.
You Need to Put You First
While yes, looking into pregnancy booklets is super important because you need to understand what’s up with your body, what also matters is focusing on yourself and how you feel. Self-care becomes even more crucial during pregnancy. Make time for activities that nurture your mental health, such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or simply taking quiet moments for yourself. Just do what makes you happy; do things that you can physically do that you know will put a smile on your face. It’s so important to keep all of these things in mind.
Where’s Your Support System?
Do you have a support system during this difficult time? Everyone needs to have a support system, and it’s so important that you have one as well. You need to lean in on your network, get some advice, and get some help. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with others who understand what you’re going through can be immensely comforting. There are people out there who love and care for you deeply, and you absolutely need to lean on them.
Emotional Challenges Happen
They happen, they absolutely happen, and you absolutely shouldn’t allow these to just bottle up inside you. The last thing you want is pre and post-natal depression. So this is absolutely serious; talk to your healthcare provider, and talk to your therapist as well.
Keep Yourself Educated
A lot of anxiety is going to happen: the health of the baby, the future of the baby, financing the baby, all of this is going to be thought about, right? You can’t control everything, and you can’t focus on everything that the future brings- you just can’t. Knowledge can alleviate stress; that’s a fact, and you’re going to have to keep yourself educated throughout all of this. Changes in the body will happen; read into them to better understand why it’s all happening.
Seek Professional Help
It was briefly mentioned earlier, but there might be a chance that you may need to seek professional help, not just from a GP but from a mental health professional. There are some that specialise in pregnancies, so this alone could help out a lot. Never hesitate to see a mental health professional; your body and mind are going through literal changes, so talking and getting medication may be the solution for your overall well-being.