Being a mother brings out the love, care, compassion and concern for the unborn child. The woman adores her child and carries her in her womb. She has to undergo a variety of emotional, mental and behavioral changes like stress, headaches, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. Pregnancy brings out the newly formed motherly feelings in a woman’s mind.
Given below are some of the ways through which a woman mentally prepares herself for the pregnancy and provides the details about how does society influence a woman in the upbringing of a mother:
Postpartum depression (PPD):
There are different kinds of risks associated with pregnancy. But major of them is a risk associated with your mental health. It can also affect your baby health. Depression is diagnosed more strongly in new mothers. Moreover, this depression is leading the new mothers to non-obstetric hospitalization. Because of this depression is dangerous to the baby development and mother, you need to have medication for it at early stages.
Only one thing can help with the depression is that when you already know the risk factors before getting into pregnancy then you must try to avoid it. A woman with a history of depression and anxiety, Marital conflict or a family history of PPD is likely to be affected by the depression during pregnancy.
This postpartum depression can also lead to after pregnancy and the most common of such depression would be difficulty in concentrating when you feel that something is not enough, almost like missing, ready to cry any time, you have kind of become Suicidal, you are not having a more proper interest in your baby as much required and the most common of all symptoms anxiety often misguided as stress of entering a new life.
Have a strong mind:
Every pregnancy is different from each other and therefore it is very likely that all the parts of information you have gathered from others may go in vain. Although no one can predict your type of pregnancy but be aware of the changes your mind undergo during pregnancy is necessary. This will help you to prepare a strong mind for things that are expected as well the unexpected. Unexpected might include heavy vomiting or complete bed rest.
There is a lot of material available over the internet, in books and on blogs and website. You need to wait to see your pregnancy experience but discuss everything with your husband and make up your mind.
Social circle and social support:
What can help women during pregnancy is social circle and social support. It has been seen that women with a better support system feel less anxious and depressed and can easily cope up with the stages of the pregnancy. It is also good for baby health. On the other hand, pregnant women with not so much affection might be stuck among her choices and confusion of parenting leading to stress and depression. If you have a partner or husband along with you it would be very positive if you try to strengthen a bond with them that would help you cope pregnancy better or discuss things with parents in the social circle who are going through the same thing and others might also get good social support from their family.
You are mental health:
In the race of keeping pregnant women physically fit the family members tend to ignore her emotional health and also the mother itself does so. But it is j important to remember that this mental health issue can affect baby health and cause issues after delivery for the baby such as low birth weight, prematurity and low neonatal status. Here also comes the duty of fatherhood, if your wife has any past history of depression or anxiety take her to the doctor and seek emotional help.
The response towards other children:
It is important that you make understand your older children about tour pregnancy and they develop an understanding towards their younger brother or sister. There sometimes be a factor of jealousy or a feeling that their parents love would be share or they will love them less, in such a case you need to give equal attention to both our children and prepare them elder one for the coming sibling. Provide a friendly environment for both children.
Before going for motherhood, it is advised that you know your health conditions well, assess them and try to see that what are the previous conditions with which you might be affected at the time of the pregnancy, in what way they can affect your baby. If you think there is anything that can affect baby health, it is advisable to go to a doctor before pregnancy. The doctor might help you know how to deal with certain conditions.
Right exercises and the right food:
Many women before pregnancy have a habit of intaking food that it unhealthy and harmful for the baby’s health. Also, you need to develop strength and energy while you are pregnant, unhealthy food might not at all help you in the situation. Also, this food can turn into cravings. Although you might have a lot of carvings still you are not allowed to eat unhealthy food and therefore it is important to prepare you to mind mentally before pregnancy that you need to leave the junk food completely for baby.
Thus, Pregnancy brings out the motherly notion inside a woman. It not only turns a woman into a parent but also makes her feel responsible for the upbringing of an unborn child. It becomes the duty of the mother to take proper care of her diet and nutritional growth and to make sure that she eats everything that makes her child develop stronger and healthier. Mothers need to be determined and brave enough to face the mental pressure from the society and enhance the social up growth of the child.