A whole year, including pregnancy, childbirth and time after childbirth – is time of big psychological and physical changes. Women need both emotional and physical support during this period.
During pregnancy women can experience quick mood swings that are caused not only by hormonal changes, but also physical and psychic transformations. During pregnancy women can experience depression more often. However, this mostly depends on emotional importance they attach to pregnancy, their attitude to change of shapes, care of themselves during whole period of pregnancy.
This article offers 6 advices about pregnancy depression prevention.
1. Look inside yourself.
Psychological pregnancy task for you, as a woman and mother – is giving life to a new person. The process of becoming a mother will help you struggling with depression. Besides, before you make up your mind to have a baby, ask yourself whether you are ready for maternity, which parent you will be, what you are expecting for.
2. Analyze your family history.
Analyze relationships mother-daughter (you and your mother), relationships with your relatives, and relationships with your husband. All these constituents will affect your psychological readiness to the fact soon you’ll become a mother. Ask yourself which relationships you have/had with your mother, which way you want upbringing your baby, is this method different from your parents’ one, what are you afraid of? Sometimes depression during pregnancy can be closely connected with past, some pain you experienced in deep childhood. You need to analyze things that caused that pain, try to find a reason and solve this psychological problem. Otherwise, you can project this pain on your relationships with your kid.
3. Treat your needs seriously.
Ask yourself what you need to bring up a baby, what you can sacrifice to him. To enjoy maternity and avoid depression, you need asking help in everything: doing a house, caring after baby, deciding family questions.
4. Unite as a family
It is lack of stable and strong relationships in a family, undesired pregnancy that will definitely lead to stress during pregnancy. If a family does not unite, starts understanding each other better, then stress a woman experiences during pregnancy will grow into a childbirth crisis. And this also can affect a baby psychic health.
5. Do not be ashamed of applying for a professional help.
Do not think the only reason that causes depression during pregnancy is a hormonal level change, peculiar to a woman during this period. The process of becoming a mother – is not just a hormonal order change, this is a change of life on the whole. During this period psychological support is very important for women. Professional help can come in handy.
6. Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Try talking to your husband about the way you life will change after childbirth. Analyze your own childhood memories, fears you had and difficulties you faced, and try taking only the best for your baby upbringing. Believe, he really deserves it.