COPING WITH ANXIETY & STRESS WHILE YOU ARE PREGNANT, LET US HELP YOU!!!!
Pregnancy is a miraculous journey to childbirth. This Journey of 9 months is the most beautiful creation of almighty God. And I am thankful to God that I am one of the experienced women on this planet Earth. During the nine months, the moods and emotions can range from the highs of feeling overjoyed and excited about having a baby to the lows of feeling impatient and scared as the delivery and motherhood approaches.
The things that bother pregnancy aren’t just physical symptoms. Emotional wellness is a very huge component of a healthy pregnancy and birth – but there don’t seem to be a lot of tangible things we can do to heal our emotional ills. Pregnancy is a time of immense and quick paced change, with each month filled with shifting moods and thought patterns. With perhaps more emotional ups and downs than usual, changes in sleep patterns, or increased sensitivity to people and the environment and diminishing energy levels, physical and mental exhaustion, anxiety, stress, PPD, panic attacks, hysteria and dilemma. Pregnancy can also bring up other emotionally charged issues, such as difficult family relationships, insecurities and unrealistic expectations, which may have previously been suppressed or ignored. In many ways it’s helpful that a woman and her partner have almost a year to adjust to the realities of becoming parents.
Pregnancy is a huge transition in a woman’s life, and it involves a complex mix of emotions,
both good and bad, said Dr. Mary Kimmel (a renowned surgeon).
There are a lot of issues a mothers-to-be must work through both psychologically and socially. These issues may include: What will a baby mean for my life going forward? How will a child affect my relationships, and will I have support from my partner and family members once the baby arrives? Will I be a good mother, and how will I handle my new responsibilities? What about my job?
As labour begins, different thoughts and feelings emerge which may interfere with relaxation and the concentration needed to handle contractions. The labouring woman may feel she doesn’t have what it takes, lacking confidence in her ability to birth (or parent). Being anxious and nervous at that time is quite normal but these feeling should not overtake your process of childbirth. During prolong Labor pregnant females are advised to think positive and keep on breathing deeply.
Highlighting 10 Common Emotions
A woman go through while and after Pregnancy Anxiety, often anxiety and fear can go hand in hand. The fear of uncertainty that often comes with pregnancy can lead to anxious thoughts. Anxiety is a normal emotion and people have it for a reason. On a biological level, both the anxiety and fear systems in the brain ramp up during pregnancy. These changes help ensure that a woman keeps her baby safe, cared for and protected after she gives birth. If a woman has had anxiety in the past, she is more at risk of having it during her pregnancy because of the increased stress she may experience. According to a study in 2013, babies born to mothers who have high level of anxiety have weak immune system or born premature.
Fear, is another common emotion during pregnancy. In the first trimester, a woman may be afraid of having a miscarriage or doing something that will affect her baby’s health; in her second trimester, she may start to question whether she will be a good mother and be frightened by the enormous responsibilities of caring for a newborn. By the end of her pregnancy, a woman may be scared of being in pain during labor or concerned that something could go wrong during delivery. There is a lot a woman does not have control over during pregnancy. And this uncertainty can fuel fearful thoughts. Having some fear is normal, but a woman needs to recognise when a fear is getting stuck in her head or whether she can cope with it.
Nervousness, feeling of being Nervous is common since you heard of this good news till you have your child in your arms. These emotions faced by a pregnant women are at different levels and stages. Some level is quite normal as our Hormones keep on fluctuating but excess of nervousness can make ones loose on its Baby. These emotions generally empower while pregnancy which is not a good sign.
Mood Swings and Mood changes during pregnancy can be caused by physical stresses, fatigue, changes in your metabolism, or by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Significant changes in your hormone levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters, which are brain chemicals that regulate mood. Mood swings are mostly experienced during the first trimester between 6 to 10 weeks and then again in the third trimester as your body prepares for birth.
Forgetfulness, The mental fogginess and occasional memory lapses that could cause a woman’s keys to be misplaced and her cell phone to go missing has sometimes been described as pregnancy brain & baby brain. (These same symptoms are referred to as mommy brain; or momnesia & after giving birth.) Some research has suggested that fuzzy thinking and forgetfulness before and after birth may be a result of hormonal fluctuations, especially higher levels of progesterone. Sleep deprivation or the stress of adjusting to a major life transition may also be to blame.
Feeling of Sinking, a feeling of heart sinking is very common. Also called as “ghabrahat”. Many pregnant women complaints of something going wrong or emerging negative feeling in mind leading to mixed emotions. This feeling can also attribute to breathlessness, increase HR, Blurring vision, sweating, diabetes etc.
Feeling Low/Dejected: There could be many reasons of feeling so…. During Pregnancy there
are a lot of hormonal ups & downs, also it all depends on state of women before getting pregnant. If we start from the beginning, is the pregnancy planned or unplanned. In Planned pregnancy the feeling of dejection is minimal in comparison to unplanned. As the pregnant women thinks of herself being different from others in unhappy way leading to negative emotions such as how happy I would be if I wouldn’t get pregnant, I would have lots of options to be done, life would be perfect the other way. In result, she like to be quiet and less social accepting the bitter truth of her life.
Mental and Physical Exhaustion: As result of these bodily changes during Pregnancy, a pregnant women goes to numerous Psychological and Physiological changes. Fatigue is a common symptom during pregnancy. Some women may feel exhausted throughout their pregnancy ,mostly during First Trimester. During early pregnancy, hormonal changes are likely the cause of fatigue. Your body is producing more blood to carry nutrients to your growing baby. Your blood sugar levels and blood pressure are also lower. Hormones, especially increased progesterone levels, are responsible for making you sleepy. In addition to the physical changes occurring in your body, emotional changes can contribute to decreased energy.
Feeling of How I Look? It’s altogether a different feeling of raising weight and increase body demands while you are pregnant. There is no control on tastes and cravings for different food types. During the second and third trimesters, as a woman's baby bump becomes more visible and she gains more weight, she may feel dissatisfied with her body and its appearance, and this may affect her self-esteem.
Some pregnant women marvel at their rapidly changing bodies and feel radiant, while others worry about the weight gain and regaining their figures after delivering. These changes to a woman’s looks, shape and perceived attractiveness may bring up a complicated mix of feelings. Some of these body-image concerns may mean accepting the fact that a woman is pregnant and her body is changing as a result.
PPD (Post Partum Depression): It was once thought that being pregnant was protective
against depression as well as other psychiatric illnesses because of high levels of estrogen, but
now its known that this is not the case. A pregnant woman has a similar risk of becoming
depressed as a woman who is not having a baby.
The postpartum period is a particularly vulnerable time for women, especially for depression. The risk for postpartum depression may increase due to a sharp drop in estrogen and progesterone after giving birth and because a new mother may not be sleeping or eating well.
In the first few days after giving birth, up to 80 percent of women may experience the baby blues. They may have symptoms ranging from feeling sad and overwhelmed to problems sleeping and frequent crying. Symptoms of the baby blues usually go away two weeks after delivering. But if a woman has more severe symptoms that last more than two weeks, such as feeling numb or lacking interest in her baby, or she is having thoughts that life is not worth living or of hurting her baby, she needs to reach out and seek help.
NATURAL FLOWER REMEDY FOR PREGNANT WOMENS
For women who are experiencing depression or anxiety before or after their baby is born, there are a mix of effective treatments, including Counselling, herbal remedies such as Bach Flower Remedies (BFR) and support groups that can reduce or eliminate symptoms. Bach Flower Remedies are extremely helpful during pregnancy, when the expecting mother goes through a wide range of emotions. The Bach Flower Remedies restore peace of mind when the mother feels fearful, tired, overwhelmed and impatient and other emotions related to pregnancy. Rescue Remedy and Walnut are very useful during labor. These are beneficial remedies which could apply during this time in a woman’s life, as well as one’s useful during the postpartum period. Also, the remedies work well for the newborn (e.g., Star of Bethlehem to neutralise shock or trauma if it occurs). Attendants and family members can also benefit from these remedies. The remedies are completely free of any harmful effects and no known side effects have been attributed to them in over many years of use.