Although pregnancy is dubbed as the most beautiful period of a woman’s life, it can also put immense pressure on mothers-to-be.
Pregnancy depression remains a taboo subject, mainly because of the perception that it’s meant to be a time of joy. For that reason, many expectant mothers find it difficult to admit they’re not feeling their best emotionally.
If you’re struggling with pregnancy depression, you’re not alone. It’s okay to let people know how you feel; you shouldn’t have to struggle by yourself.
The red flags of pregnancy depression
Lack of interest
If you’re indifferent about the imminent arrival of your baby, something might be up. A lack of interest in the things you used to enjoy and an underwhelming appetite are also signs that you may be down in the dumps with pregnancy depression.
A head full of negativity
If your head is constantly filled with negative thoughts, i.e: you’re going to have a miscarriage or regret having a baby, seek help immediately. Speak to your husband and get him to accompany you to a GP that you trust.
Look after yourself
There’s no doubt that pregnancy is a physically and emotionally challenging time. Our advice is to:
Put yourself first
Take all the rest you need and ask for help if you need to. Even if that means asking your husband or family members to clean the house, run errands, and cook for you.
Focus on your baby
Spend time on bonding with your baby, even if she hasn’t arrived yet. Play soothing music and talk to your baby—she can hear you.
Do prenatal exercises
Prenatal exercises may reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, alleviate stress, and help you to develop the stamina needed for labor and delivery.
Ask for help
If you feel overwhelmed, ask for help. Reach out to friends and family for support. Speak to experienced mothers about how you’re feeling.
Your emotional wellbeing is equally important to your physical health. Your state of mind is likely to rub off on your baby, so never hesitate to ask for help when you need it most. Learn about more ways to cope with your pregnancy depression here: https://abbottnutrition.com.my/pregnant-mom/cope-with-emotions