Why it is important to take care of your mental health during pregnancy
Pregnancy is the most beautiful journey in a woman’s life, very real yet surreal, joyful but a little intimidating, culminating in another life with unlimited potential for themselves and for others. The changes a woman goes through and the effort she puts into the nine months help her to take advantage of this time and do her best for the best result. A woman’s experiences and mental health during and throughout pregnancy are of the utmost importance to the well-being of the mother and her child. It is a key time to take care of the mind and mental attitudes of mothers.
Pregnancy is the continuation of healthy well-being in the head and healthy in the body. The focus should be on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Modern times with its fast pace of life and all the advancements, with its belief and reliance on shortcuts and quick fixes, add to mental stress during pregnancy, which has a negative effect on mother and l ‘outcome of pregnancy.
We need to move from a very medicine-centered approach to a holistic approach for better management. Let’s take a step back and revisit the healthier way to improve mental health that directly affects the course of pregnancy. The happier babies of the happier mom.
Neuroscientific studies have proven that meditation in all its forms helps pregnant women reduce stress and keep their spirits up. It helps cultivate mindfulness and awareness, and reduce anxiety and negative feelings like hostility, depression, stress, and anxiety. This gives them the tools to navigate complex emotions that would not budge, even in the face of the most reassuring reading. They experience stronger and more frequent positive feelings, such as pleasure, gratitude, and hope.
YOGA and EXERCISE
Yoga offers holistic health benefits for the expectant mother. It helps to keep the body flexible. It helps you breathe deeply and consciously relax and alleviate the effects of common symptoms like morning sickness, painful leg cramps, swollen ankles, and constipation. It reduces tension and anxiety, helps regulate blood pressure and deeply relaxes every cell in the body, calms and relaxes the mind, maintains body temperature, and improves oxygen supply which helps baby grow. Exercise helps maintain balanced weight, blood pressure, and sugars, making pregnancy healthier and travel easier.
FAITH and BELIEFS
Faith can benefit most people by giving them the strength to do their best and to withstand the ups and downs of pregnancy with positivity.
MUSIC Therapy and Leisure
Listening to music can calm your mind and improve your mood, which helps reduce stress and anxiety. It can improve the quality of sleep and is beneficial in improving prenatal anxiety, reducing pregnancy depression as well as stress. It has a calming and relaxing effect and can lower both heart rate and blood pressure
Reiki is a Japanese touch therapy that can promote healing. It works on the belief that everything in the universe is made up of energy and that this vital energy circulates around us and through us, nourishing our cells, organs and glands. When our energy is low, out of balance, or restricted by stress, injury or illness, we are more susceptible to discomfort, other illnesses and illnesses. When a person’s energy is high or balanced, they are more likely to feel relaxed and the body’s innate healing abilities are awakened and used for healing. Cleansing and activating the chakras makes the energy system powerful, improving stress, anxiety, social pressure, nausea, mood swings and sleep deprivation. In addition to deep relaxation, Reiki can help reduce muscle tension and pain. It can promote accelerated wound healing and well-being and a greater sense of well-being.
The right kind of natural food, including antioxidants and micronutrients, play a very important role in managing balance and mental and emotional responses.
Natural antioxidants in plant materials, mainly polyphenols, carotenoids, potassium, and vitamins E and C, increase serotonin levels, which is directly related to feelings of happiness and peace. It reduced the possibility of miscarriage, preeclampsia, and exacerbations of IUGR and asthma.
(Dr Meeta Chawhan, Senior Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Bengaluru Whitefeild)