For some women, pregnancy can be the most joyous time filled with excitement for the future, but for others it can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. As you learn to embrace the beauty of new life, it’s important to remember that pregnancy can affect your mental health, no matter how excited you are to welcome your new child.
Whether you’re currently battling the effects of mental health or just want to be prepared for the possibility, we want you to know mental health issues during pregnancy are not uncommon. Depression, anxiety, and mood disorders are some of the most common mental health issues experienced during pregnancy. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to negative outcomes for both yourself and your child.
Here are some tips to help you prioritize your mental health during pregnancy:
- Take care of your physical health – nutrition, hydration and adequate sleep/rest are essential
- Go for a walk – simple body movements and fresh air are great ways to boost your mood
- Know your limits – it’s okay to say “no”
- Identify your stressors
- Give yourself space to feel and journal emotions
- Set limits on social media
- Spend time each day doing something you enjoy
- Know when to contact a professional
- Subscribe to Danielle’s Mental Boost E-Newsletter
Remember, by prioritizing your health you are not only helping yourself, but your child. This important work while you’re pregnant will ensure you are equipped to adequately care for yourself and your child once he or she is born.
If you would like additional help with establishing better rhythms in your mental health or simply just need someone to talk to, be sure to contact one of the following counseling services: