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Pregnancy emotions: ‘survival’ guide
 
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Surviving pregnancy's emotional turmoil

As soon as you know you’re pregnant, you’ll start to feel a turmoil of emotions. You think about names for the baby, what colour to paint the baby’s room, the fact that you’re soon to become a mother, you think about your partner, family and the future... and then you will probably burst into tears!

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During the next few months, your body is going to transform and when the baby is born, your life is going to change dramatically. You have a thousand and one questions:  will you and your partner be capable of facing the sleepless nights, the never-ending crying?... Plus the fears of miscarriage and possibilities of handicap or health problems with the future baby. If you add the pressure – family or financial – pregnancy can turn into a trying time.

Feeling low, got the blues? What should you do about it?

Even with a planned pregnancy, many women find it difficult to accept the new situation and wonder whether they’ll be up to the task. This is very common and you are in no way alone. So don’t make it worse by feeling bad about yourself… Instead read on to get a little ‘survival’ guide of advice to deal with the emotional challenges during each of the three trimesters.

In addition to this normal pregnancy emotional turmoil, one woman in every ten suffers from depression during her pregnancy. It’s something that is mentioned often, but this proportion is in fact no different than for women not expecting a baby. Depression is also often wrongly diagnosed in pregnant women as the symptoms are identical to what a women experiences during normal pregnancy.

However, if you think you are suffering from depression, you should ask your doctor for a session with a good psychologist. Whenever possible, avoid taking medication. However, if the symptoms are serious, anti-depressant drug therapy can be provided safely. Specific programmes are available for these particular cases.

Posted 18.01.2011

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