Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and nerve-racking times that a woman can experience. Knowing that there is life growing inside our bodies is both miraculous and a bit scary. It’s the beginning of an exciting journey and nothing can really prepare us for it. Yes, there are books on the subject but it’s sometimes hard to explain the new emotions, thoughts and feelings that a mother-to-be experiences.
And because of this, it’s so important to have a loving and kind support network when going through this miraculous path to motherhood. You might feel alone and isolated in the period, but know there are people and support like Nutricia Careline out there that will love you and take care of you. Please know you are not alone and there is help for you.
Let’s take a look at a few suggestions that can help to make this time in your life extra special.
Recruit Emotional Supporters
According to an Oxford Academic journal, it was found that “pregnancy constitutes a time of significant life change requiring major psychological adjustments, often associated with anxiety and stress”. It noted that a lack of psychosocial and emotional adjustment during pregnancy constitutes a risk factor for the mother. For example, a depressed mood during pregnancy has been identified as a predictor of postpartum depression. However, maintaining good psychological health during pregnancy also has important health implications for the unborn child.
Basically, if mommy is happy, then the baby will be happy and well adjusted too. But even reading this can feel like a heavy responsibility is placed upon your shoulders. So what can you do during this time when your hormones are raging as you cry the one minute and laugh the next.
Get the support you need. Talk to your partner about your feelings and worries. Talk to your mom and your aunts for advice. If you are far away from family, find a pregnancy support group or talk to a counsellor. The worst thing you can do is to isolate yourself during this time. When you talk about your feelings and find out it’s quite normal and that many other moms-to-be went through what you are going through, you won’t feel so alone.
Plan Your Finances
Money can also be something that causes stress during this time. One of the best things you can do is to create a budget and stick to it. When you are accountable for the money that you spend, you will make a plan and see where you can save for the new bundle of joy you’re expecting.
Accept Practical Support
Later in the pregnancy when you feel uncomfortable and you’re tired, accept as much help as you’re offered. In fact, don’t wait for people to ask you, ask them for help. If you need a hand around the house, just ask. Or if you are so tired that takeaways have become the norm, ask someone to cook you a nice homemade meal. You will be pleasantly surprised at the support you will receive. All you have to do is ask.
Make A Birth Plan
Plan your birth the way you want it. Have the people there that you want there and give birth where you will feel the most comfortable. If that’s means a home birth, go for it. If you’re more comfortable giving birth in a hospital, go for that. If you want your partner and a doula at the birth, have them there. Remember, this is about you and your baby and what will be best for you two. Other people’s opinions should be taken with a pinch of salt at this time as you put yourself and your baby first.
Remember You Are Not Alone
This time in your life really is like participating in a miracle. You might feel a bit overwhelmed, but know that you are not alone. Read books, meditate, rest and talk about your feelings, try not to bury them. You are going to be a great mom. You can do this.
And when you hold your baby in your arms for the first time, you will know without a doubt that it was worth every moment.