Your Mental Health Complete Guide When You Pregnancy
In broader discussions of pregnancy and mental health, most people might think about things like postpartum depression or postnatal depression. However, maternal mental health is something we should think about at all stages of a woman’s pregnancy – before conception, during pregnancy, and the period around birth – aka, perinatal mental health. What are some common mental health problems that can occur in pregnancy, and how can they impact the baby and mom-to-be? This article will give an overview of just that, including things you can do to support your mental health or the mental health of a loved one during pregnancy.
Common Mental Health Issues That Can Occur During Pregnancy Several mental illnesses commonly occur during pregnancy. We’ve listed them below, along with a description of warning signs to look out for.
- Persistent low mood
- Feeling worthless or hopeless
- Not enjoying things you used to enjoy
- Low self-esteem or fears of inadequacy around becoming a new mother
- Thoughts of suicide
- Excessive, near-constant worry about your pregnancy.
- Intrusive thoughts about childbirth or pregnancy loss.
- Having a hard time relaxing.
- Loss of appetite.
- Difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep.
- Excessive exercise.
- Preoccupation or excessive fear about gaining weight.
- Avoidance of eating.
- Binging on large quantities of food.
- Want to control others.
- Suffer mistreatment by partners, colleagues, or friends.
- Create dependent relationships with people, institutions, causes, or substances.
- Have distorted thoughts.
- Have feelings of self-dissatisfaction, self-hate, self-disgust, and contempt. Learning to love yourself protects you from mental illness.
The way you talk to yourself has consequences. If you criticize and blame yourself continuously, you’ll feel bad. Now, if you treat yourself with respect and be aware of the language you use, you’ll feel much better.Judging yourself rigidly prevents you from growing and advancing. It’s important to learn to see your positive aspects and be happy for them, as well as accept your shortcomings. Trying to change them to be perfect is the same as pretending not to be human. Change is only possible if you accept them.
5.2 Take care of your body and soul
A balanced diet, a good night’s sleep, exercise every week , listening to pleasant music, walking through nature, or having a candlelight dinner with someone important to you are some of the things that can make you feel better. Do any activity or hobby that nourishes your body and soul.
Every baby develops differently! Just because an influencer’s child started talking at the age of one doesn’t mean that your baby, who is beginning to find their words at two, is anything less than perfect. Also, remember that every parent is different. No matter if you choose to breast or bottle feed, you are doing a spectacular job! While it is hard, try not to compare yourself or your baby to others. Don’t take every attack personally, as hard as that is to do. Instead, focus on your baby’s amazing accomplishments. They will get to those development milestones when they are ready.