Pregnancy is a beautiful yet difficult time for women and it can be overwhelming both physically and mentally. It is natural for a woman to go through hormonal changes during a pregnancy, which would cause some mood swings from time to time. But don’t worry, you are not alone. It happens to all mothers around the world every single day.
Here are some tips to help you manage your emotional health during pregnancy.
1. Learn To Say No
Understand that it is okay to say no sometimes. Women are expected to manage all the chores at home, be it cleaning the house, cooking or doing laundry. This is an issue in most households and can take its toll on your health, especially when you are pregnant. Do get your family to help you with your chores. Try to sit them down and calmly explain to them why you feel it is unfair for them to expect you to manage everything on your own. If you feel tired in the mornings and can’t prepare breakfast for your partner, just talk to him about it. If you can’t meet up with your friends for brunch, just let them know. If you can’t make it to work, take leave. They will understand that you need some time to take care of yourself and your baby. So, just say "no".
2. Take time out for yourself
Taking time out for yourself does not just mean eating nutrition rich foods or heading out for some fresh air by yourself. It also means doing things for yourself to make you happy. Go ahead and get yourself a mani-pedi, facial or even a new haircut. Watch a movie by yourself or buy yourself some new clothes. Try out new yoga asanas that help ease the pregnancy pain. Meditate as soon as you wake up in the morning for a more rhythmic breathing pattern. Bring out the artist in you - paint, write a story or try to stitch some baby clothes. Really, try anything that takes your mind off all your worries for a while. These nine months are the perfect time to simply pamper yourself. Remember, a happy and healthy mother equals a happy and healthy baby.
3. Swimming and walking
It is good to keep doing mild exercises for as long as the doctor advises you to. Swimming or walking along with some basic stretching exercises are helpful in regulating the blood circulation in the body. This along with a well-balanced diet would make your body stronger and prepares your body for birth. Regular exercise helps strengthen your muscles and thus, helps to ease back pain.
4. Catch up on your sleep
As you sleep, your body gets rid of some harmful toxins that accumulate in your brain. It is these toxins that always puts you into a bad mood. More sleep means more endorphins and dopamine are released in your brain, and this would help make you an overall happy person. Your body needs time to recover and rejuvenate itself and this happens when you get at least 8 hours of sleep.
5. Avoid negativity
There are always going to be things that are going to bring you down. Something somebody said about what could potentially happen to your child is not worth worrying about - be it something your partner or a family member said, something you saw on TV or even something you read in an article. Don’t let it bother you too much. Stay in the moment and look after yourself. Being positive and happy is the best way to deal with stress.
6. Join support groups
There are plenty of support groups for pregnant women, where you can meet women just like you. If you don’t want to get out of your house to meet them, you can find online support groups as well. You can find other moms online who even share similar due dates and you can share your experiences with each other.
If after all this, you still find yourself feeling down, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Mental health is precious and we must look after it. There is nothing wrong in asking for help. Meet a therapist or a counsellor who can help figure out why you are feeling stressed and guide you through how you can get through it.
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