Mental Health During Pregnancy | Talk to Expert

Neha Mehta
Post Partum Psychosis

27 Nov 2020
Mental Health During Pregnancy | Talk to Expert

Although Pregnancy has typically been considered a time of emotional well –being. Pregnancy brings a mix of feelings and not all of them are good. It is common for women to experience mental health issues for the first time in pregnancy. They may feel more vulnerable and anxious and some of the  Women’s worry about telling health care professionals how they’ re feeling, because they fear they ‘ ll be judged as a parent for many Women pregnancy can be an isolating experience, there are not helping the fact you go through major hormonal, emotional and physical changes all by yourself struggling with a mental health issue on the top of these changes can make you even more alone, but it is important to get help from mental health professionals.

Tips to Best for Mental Health During Pregnancy

It is a good idea for all mothers and their partners to monitor their mental health and wellbeing. Keep a look for signs that may need help. You’re left consistently bad, sad, or worried for longer than 2 weeks. Negative thoughts and feelings are starting to affect your ability to function normally. Losing interest in activities, feeling of hopelessness, or unable to cope.Isn’t feeling happy about being pregnant or is dealing with a lot of stress at work or at home.

What Should Do in Pregnancy?

It is important to treat mental health conceives during pregnancy. Mothers who are depressed, anxious, or have other issues talk to a doctor psychologist, therapist and get help right away. The sooner treatment starts, the sooner you’ ll feel better.


Talking one on one with a therapist can be a great way to manage stress, deal with depression, and ease your anxiety during pregnancy.


Find support groups where you can share your concerns with other mothers who know what you’ re going through also help you to overcome. Talking with a social group or counselor can help you deal with issues over raising a child.


Always talk to a doctor before you start taking any medicines during pregnancy. Don’t start taking it unless your doctor suggests you to


Many women find comfort in activities like yoga, exercise, and meditation. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed talking to a friend, family member or faith therapist can help you feel better.

Many moms feel anxious or depressed at some point in their pregnancy and some may even need treatment for it but a mental health problem doesn’t have to be a problem for you or your baby. Get the help you need to feel better; you will be doing the best thing for you both.

What should you know about mental health during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is often seen as a happy time for expectant parents. It’s normal for you and your partner to experience a range of emotions as you prepare to become parents. Your mood could quickly change from enthusiasm or happiness to sadness or anxiety.

If your feelings of sadness and anxiety don't leave you, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Did you know that mental health problems like depression and anxiety can start or get worse during pregnancy, not just postpartum? In fact, about 20% of women suffer from depression or perinatal anxiety. Perinatal depression can also occur at any time during pregnancy, but it is more common in the second and third trimester.

What are the symptoms of depression?

It is not always easy for you and your partner to know if what you are going through goes beyond the ups and downs of pregnancy. It is therefore important to learn more about the signs of perinatal depression and to be alert. Mothers do not always know that what they are feeling is more serious than third-day syndrome (or " baby blues"). If you have these feelings for more than two weeks, talk to your health care provider. You are not alone.

Fathers can also suffer from depression. It can start during pregnancy or after the baby is born. Most symptoms of depression are the same for men and women. They can, however, manifest differently in men. Here are some common manifestations of depression in men:

  • Mood swings
  • Anger and irritability
  • Physical symptoms, such as headache or fatigue
  • Hyperactivity.

What are the potential effects?

Mental health problems during pregnancy can have many effects. They can affect you, your partner, your baby, and your pregnancy. Here are some of them:

  • Premature birth of the baby
  • Low birth weight
  • Miscarriage
  • Insufficient prenatal care
  • Postpartum depression
  • Difficulty establishing a positive relationship with the baby during pregnancy
  • Difficulty establishing a secure attachment with the baby after birth.

As a mother or as a partner, what can you do?

  • Remember, it's not your fault. It’s okay for you to feel that way, and you can get help.
  • Talk about your feelings with your partner and family.
  • Stay tuned.
  • Do not try to do everything; ask for help.
  • Take care of yourself. Try to get as much sleep as possible. Eat healthy and get active.
  • Talk to your doctor about any medications you may be taking.
  • Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during your pregnancy provides many benefits for you and your baby.

Did you know that?

  • Nausea can leave stomach acids in your mouth which can damage the surface of your teeth and cause cavities.
  • Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can cause swelling of the gums which will bleed when brushing teeth and flossing (Pregnancy Gingivitis).
  • If you have gum disease or oral infection, you increase your risk of having a premature baby or a low birth weight baby.
  • Visit the dentist and hygienist
  • Teeth examination and cleaning are important before, during, and after pregnancy.
  • Make sure to tell them that you are pregnant.
  • Postpone non-emergency x-rays after the baby is born.

Pregnant women with poor oral health are at higher risk of developing periodontitis (infection of the bones holding the teeth in place). This type of infection has been associated with risks of negative effects such as:

  • A premature delivery
  • A low birth weight baby

What can you do?

  • Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue twice a day with a soft brush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Gently floss daily to remove plaque between your teeth and gums. Your gums may bleed. However, continue to floss.
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods. Avoid sweets.
  • If you feel nauseous while brushing your teeth, use a small child's toothbrush and tilt your head above the sink. This relaxes the throat and allows the flow of saliva.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can occur during pregnancy. Causes of nausea include changes in hormone levels, tension, and fatigue.

  • Try eating unsalted crackers or an un-buttered toast before getting out of bed in the morning.
  • After vomiting, rinse your mouth with tap water or a fluoride mouthwash to protect your teeth from stomach acids.
  • If your vomiting continues, tell your doctor

Nutritional advice for pregnant women

Eating well during pregnancy is important for your baby to have healthy growth and development. Healthy eating will help you:

  • To feel better and have more energy
  • Gain healthy weight and prepare your body for breastfeeding
  • Reduce health problems, such as high blood pressure and a lack of iron
  • To adopt healthy eating habits for you and your family that you will maintain throughout your life.
  • Healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

How much weight should I gain?

It is important to have a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. Healthy weight gain will help your baby grow well and give him a good start in life. The weight you should gain during these 9 months depends on your body mass index (BMI) before your pregnancy. It also varies if you are expecting more than one baby. BMI is a measure based on the relationship between your height and your weight. You may not gain much weight in the first 3 months: about 0.5 to 2 kg or 1.1 to 4.4 lb. Your weight gain will be gradual for the rest of your pregnancy, at around a pound (0.42 kg) per week. Talk to your health care provider about your weight gain during pregnancy, especially if you gain or lose weight suddenly.

How is this weight distributed?

The baby is only part of the weight your body needs to make blood, muscles, and other tissues to keep the baby healthy. This is why it is important to have proper weight gain during pregnancy. Your body needs to make blood, muscles, and other tissues to keep the baby healthy. This is why it is important to have proper weight gain during pregnancy.

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