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Stress, Distress and Pregnancy: How to Address Stress and Depression During Pregnancy

If you’ve got a belly full of baby and a head full of worries, you’re not alone. Like any other life-changing event, pregnancy plunges you into a plethora of emotions. And while many of these are tied to the euphoria of the days to come, the thought of turning parent can invite a fair amount of stress for some. Anxiety may stem from not being ready to take on the role of a parent, not being rooted in financial stability or chronic work-related stress. Or it may be caused by a worry tethered to the inevitable loosening of reigns at the workplace in favour of parenthood.

Addressing Stress and Depression During Pregnancy

Stress during pregnancy is often brought on by anxiety hinged on what lies ahead. You may worry about the pain brought on by labour, or wonder about whether you’ll lactate adequately after giving birth. Or perhaps you are fraught with guilt about having to put a hard stop to breastfeeding when you return to work after maternity leave. Most often, the worries you have as a mommy-to-be can be addressed with tailor-made workshops on Cloudnine.

Our Prenatal Workshop, for example, is a programme curated especially for expectant parents and covers essential aspects of pregnancy. Similarly, our fitness and nutrition sessions offer effective tips for expectant mothers, while our Lamaze classes guide you through gentle breathing exercises to prepare you for labour.

If you are anxious about lactation and would like to know how to continue breastfeeding even after returning to work, explore breast milk storage techniques by seeking a lactation session with one of our seasoned lactation specialists. Our array of programmes have been designed to be all-inclusive, covering a universe of concerns that plague most expectant parents.

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The Onset of Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby can trigger conflicting emotions in some new mothers. About 10% of new mothers are affected by postpartum depression, a condition that creates intense feelings of sorrow and despair that often prevent them from undertaking everyday tasks and pursuing daily routines. What makes this worse is that the condition may be mistaken for the constant exhaustion related to caring for a newborn, and separating clinical depression from parental fatigue can be a tricky process.

Know that if your emotions are so overpowering that you are unable to pursue standard tasks, you should meet a counsellor to check for postpartum depression. The condition stems from hormonal, emotional, and genetic attributes that are more often than not, uncontrollable. Also, postpartum depression or anxiety after pregnancy is more probable in women who suffered from depression or anxiety prior to giving birth.

Ways to Overcome Stress and Depression During or After Pregnancy

Once you recognise that you may be suffering from depression before or after pregnancy, tell your partner how you feel. Parenthood is a shared journey and it is important that you’re both in it together, for the long haul. It’s also worth seeking counsel from a professional if you are stressed or depressed. If you have specific concerns that you’d like addressed or if you just want a listening ear, meet a counsellor on Cloudnine.

You’ll discover that there’s nothing quite like the healing power of potent conversations. In addition to seeking intervention, find solutions that soothe you. Try meditation, yoga, singing and reading. Make time for yourself amidst the humdrum of new motherhood. Cherish this phase while you can; each moment deserves to be equally celebrated.

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