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Mental Health in Pregnancy - Tips for Improving Your Mental Health

December 5, 2022

Being pregnant is a life-changing event and it is fine to feel many different emotions. However, if you are overwhelmed and it has started taking a toll on your life, this blog will surely help you out.

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Tips for Improving Your Mental Health

Do

  • Communicate your feelings to a friend, family member or doctor
  • Engage in breathing exercises if you feel anxious
  • Physical exercise if you can – it uplifts your mood and help you sleep
  • Indulge in a balanced diet with regular meals
  • Reach out to other pregnant women like attending antenatal classes

Don’t

  • Draw a comparison, everyone experiences pregnancy in unique ways
  • Hesitate sharing your feelings with healthcare professionals, they are there to listen and support you
  • Use alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to improve your mood, these can make you feel worse and hinder the baby’s growth

Non-Urgent Advice: Speak to Your Doctor if

Things you're trying yourself are not helping. They can support you with perinatal mental health services or any other emotional support. Perinatal’ denotes the time when you are pregnant and a year after delivery.

Counselling Services

If you're feeling sad and it's not improving, talking therapy might help. There are various types of talking therapies for mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Talking therapies comprise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and counselling.

Must Read : Importance of Mental Health while you're Expecting

Medicine for Mental Health Problems

You may be prescribed a few medicines to treat your symptoms. If you decide to take medicine while you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor. He will explain to you the risks and benefits, so you can figure out the best treatment. He may even provide you with better medicines at an affordable amount.

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