How To Achieve Mental And Physical Balance In Pregnancy
Experiencing physical and emotional changes during pregnancy is quite common, and we can freely say that it’s completely normal to have some worries and fears about what’s coming. A lot of women claim that this is one of the most challenging periods in life, and even though it’s a big blessing, it’s safe to say that it also can be extremely stressful from time to time. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of your mental and physical health during pregnancy, so check out our tips and learn how to achieve a balance in pregnancy.
Depression and anxiety – most common issues among pregnant women
As you probably already know, mood swings are normal during pregnancy. However, if you feel down or nervous all the time, it can definitely be a sign of something deeper going on. Everyday worries can take a toll on your health, and you should know that depression and anxiety are the most common mental issues among pregnant women. Worrying over things that might happen and dealing with a lot of stress at work or at home are the biggest triggers, as well as worrying that you won’t be a good mom or that you can’t afford to raise a baby.
How to deal with substance use disorders in pregnancy?
Even though pregnancy is a time of hope and anticipation, the truth is that this huge life transition can result in physical discomfort, financial difficulties, and emotional strain that can increase the risk of substance abuse in pregnant women. In fact, drug and alcohol abuse are more common during pregnancy that the general public may realize. However, many women are reluctant to seek help because of the social stigma of prenatal substance abuse. So, if you need help or you know a pregnant woman who does, find a rehab for pregnant women and look for a specialized recovery program that provides safe, supportive, and confidential treatment.
When it’s the right time to ask for help?
Yes, pregnancy has its ups and downs, but you must know that it’s time to seek advice from a health professional if you’ve felt consistently bad (sad, anxious, or worried) for longer than two weeks, as well as if your negative thoughts and feelings are starting to affect your ability to function normally. Seeking help is obligatory if you’re showing signs of depression such as losing interest or feeling hopeless, as well as when you start having panic attacks or develop obsessive or compulsive behavior. The first step is talking to your partner or someone else you trust, and then ask your GP or midwife for advice. There’s nothing bad or embarrassing about asking for help, don’t forget that.
Get informed about the most common physical issues that occur during pregnancy
Hyperemesis is one of the most common physical issues that occur during pregnancy, and it’s a severe form of nausea that includes persistent vomiting which can result in dehydration. It normally requires treatment, so make sure to seek help early in order not to deal with it longer than necessary. Gestational diabetes is another common physical issue, and even though most expecting moms with it have a healthy pregnancy, the concerns around this condition can cause a lot of anxiety. There are also thyroid issues which are relatively rare, and you should know that their symptoms are similar to those normally felt during pregnancy. If you have any concerns, seek medical advice right away.
Remember that it’s okay to stay physically active
When it comes to your physical health during pregnancy, we have to say that physical activity plays a huge role here – especially if you’ve always been active throughout life. Following the moderate intensity physical activity recommendations set for pregnant women is highly required, so opt for safe activities such as walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, or dancing a few times a week. About 150 minutes of exercising a week will be more than enough for those who are already active, whereas the ladies who aren’t should gradually increase their physical activity and build it up to the recommended 150 minutes per week. As the pregnancy develops, this amount may need to be reduced.
As you can tell, there are a lot of things every pregnant woman should take into consideration, so bear them in mind as well. All you need to do is to stick to our tips and ask for help whenever you need it, and you’ll certainly be able to achieve both physical and mental balance in pregnancy.
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