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Expert says, good mental health very important for a pregnant woman’s overall health

Updated on: 18 July,2023 04:37 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Pregnancy triggers a variety of emotions all of which are not always positive. There are chances of a pregnant woman's mental health taking a toll. Worrying about yourself is normal, especially if it's your first or unexpected pregnancy. However, feeling excessively anxious or depressed may require you to consult a professional

Expert says, good mental health very important for a pregnant woman’s overall health

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The entire process of pregnancy is overwhelming for both partners. Pregnant women especially undergo massive changes physically as well as mentally. Prenatal anxiety and despair are most common among pregnant women. Dr Payal Narang, consultant obstetrician & gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital Lullanagar says, “For a successful and comforting pregnancy, postpartum mental health should be an essential component of every woman's birth plan.” 


Pregnancy triggers a variety of emotions all of which are not always positive. Worrying about yourself is normal, especially if it's your first or unexpected pregnancy. It might be much more difficult if you suffer from sadness or anxiety.


Take care of yourself as much as you can for your and your baby's sake. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, sleep well, and take prenatal vitamins. If you're worried, sad or nervous, talk to someone about it and know when to seek assistance.


Kinds of feelings that women experience
Mood swings are common throughout pregnancy. However, if you are constantly nervous or depressed, this could be a sign of something more serious. Stress from pregnancy, changes in your body throughout pregnancy and everyday problems may all take a toll.

1.  Depression or anxiety can occur during pregnancy:
Depression is defined as sorrow, feeling down or being irritable for weeks or months at a time. Someone may be depressed prior to becoming pregnant. It can also begin during pregnancy for various reasons, such as if a woman feels unhappy about being pregnant or is stressed at work or home.

2.  Anxiety:
Anxiety is a state of fear over what could happen. Many things can stress you out during pregnancy if you already worry a lot. You could be concerned that you won't be a good parent or that you won't be able to afford to raise a child.

Other potential mental health issues include:

• Bipolar disorder (low-energy sadness and high-energy manic episodes)

•  PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

•  Panic attacks (unexpected, acute bodily responses accompanied by paralysing terror)

•  OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)

•  Eating disorders (such as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa)

It is critical to address mental health issues during pregnancy. Someone who is sad, worried, or suffering from another problem may not receive the necessary medical attention. Talk to your doctor if you have a mental health problem so you can get the support you need during and after your pregnancy.

If you are nervous or depressed, consult a doctor, counsellor or therapist as soon as possible. The sooner you begin therapy, the sooner you will feel better.

Also, consult a doctor about your overall health and any previous mental health issues. Your doctor should be aware of your whole medical history in case something arises during or after your pregnancy.

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