Manage and Reduce Your Stress During Pregnancy
MInpregnancy, the expectant mothers are experiencing serious psychological changesas well as the physical changes. In addition to the excitement and joy of beinga mother, changing hormones, personal traits and some environmental factorstrigger negative emotions in expectant mothers. One of the easiest ways toovercome the negative emotions that develop with the effect of physical changesis that pregnant women get enough support from their partners. Even though mothersmay think that they have been neglected and left alone due to physical changes,their partners can tell them that this is not the case. In order to be ready tobe a mother, pregnant women are advised to read texts on motherhood, infantcare, infant psychology, and to contact with psychologists and pediatricians.
- They should get the information by sharing their feelings and thoughts with the doctor.
- They should believe in themselves and know that she can understand almost everything about motherhood by experiencing and learning like any woman who becomes a mother.
- Sharing of emotions, wishes, and expectations with their partners and relatives may be helpful to relieve their stress
- They can also relieve their stress by eating healthy, resting and sleeping enough.
- They need to take time for themselves and try to avoid any person or event that might upset them. Some of the expectant mothers can be victims of self-sabotage during pregnancy.
- Relaxation exercises can be helpful to relieve stress.
- They need to do exercises regularly recommended by doctors.
- Pregnant women can talk with their unborn babies during the day and express their love for them.
Doctors state that it is normal to concern about the health of the baby during pregnancy. However, doctors also warn that if these concerns increase consistently during pregnancy, it will affect the pregnancy negatively. Doctors, in this condition, offers mother to listen to music while walking and attend to enjoyable social meeting to manage their stress.
Risk Factors Increasing Stress in Pregnancy
Generally, pregnancy is thought to be a happy and optimistic process for many women, but it actually is not true. A study conducted in America states that one of ten pregnant women is depressed. During this period, many women experience mood swings due to hormonal changes.
Therefore, it is very important to avoid stress as much as possible in this period. Factors that can cause stress or depression in expectant mothers are:
- Unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy with bad timing (a pregnant woman may focus on her career at that time).
- Pregnancies in which women feel too old or too young to be a mother.
- Getting pregnant very early or too late in marriage.
- Pregnancies resulting from rape
- Pregnancies that occur as a result of the environmental pressure, where the woman is not ready to be a mother.
- Health problems which occur during pregnancy.
- Getting pregnant after infertility treatment (women may be nervous about losing their pregnancies).
- Having a miscarriage or stillbirth before.
- Negative socio-economic factors (such as unemployment, homelessness)
- Lack of emotional support from the partner or family
- Suffering from depression or another psychological disorder before.
- Conflicts in marriage