Well Being of Women during Pregnancy

How does mental well-being of women during pregnancy affect delivery, recuperation and her newborn? A growing trend of prenatal-care practitioners are also encompassing well-being related advice as part of their preventive measures for pregnant women in an attempt to stem postnatal complications, encompassing depression. Not only does this enable keep post-delivery healthcare expenses within limit, but pre-delivery planning and virtual expectations enable new moms pace with the happiness and challenges of parenthood.

Of late, we've it has been increasingly witnessed the term "Postpartum Depression" as a condition affecting many new mothers, and many medical practitioners, including the American Medical Association (AMA), recognize this phase as a natural condition warranting therapy often in the form of psychotropic treatments. 

Some Startling Statistics for Wellbeing of Women

The Journal of the American Medical Association says nearly 1 out of 10 new mothers feel depressed, some severely, and some have allied signs within 6 months of childbirth, that may encompass sadness, tearfulness, or mood swings, which is generally known as "baby blues". When these signs become more serious, for instance emotional numbness or apathy, indifference from family or friends, excessive worry or concern about the baby or lack thereof, risks of harming oneself or baby. It is better to concern about the safety and welfare of both mother and baby.

What Experts Say

"The jury's still out on the safety of postpartum anti-depressant medications and I wouldn't risk my baby on it," acknowledged Kay Krueger, founder of Peaceful Arrivals, an organization conceptualized to provide help and counseling to expected women and new mothers. "In fact, a growing number of health care professionals are turning to a more pragmatic approach in treating new mothers with postpartum depression". Kay says that the situation is virtual, but offers secure and practical remedies rather than a strict medication of antidepressant to fight the problems linked with postpartum depression. 

Kay concedes, "Above all, you want to keep the environment peaceful and secure for the newborn; and much of this begins with the prenatal environment. An agitated mom often means an agitated baby, and thus, the cycle continues. The irritations feed off of each other."

In fact, generating data suggests that the mother's positive mental condition during pregnancy can pay a crucial role in her successful delivery, her postpartum wellness, and to the satisfaction of her baby, which is why more care and precaution should always be provided to pregnant women to ward off  injury or promote well being of women and her baby.

How to Help Expected Women for Wellbeing

Many mothers also are not so prepared to face the demands of a newborn, even if she already is a mother. "The more help you can solicit for at least the first few months, the better", advises Kay. "I remind women over and over again that it will become easier, you will get a good night's sleep again." Kay suggests spending for and facilitating meal service professionals, grocery service, cleaning and laundry services, carpools and after-school events for school-age children, and if possible, at-home chiropractic or massage services for the over-tensed mother. "Showering and dressing every day are vital to a new mother's self esteem and should be encouraged and supported", adds Kay. "Also, don't hesitate to accept help from friends or relatives, even if it's to allow the mother to take a much needed nap. Just as tired or sleepy children can begin to 'swirl', so can the mother of a newborn, leaving her feeling a bit overwhelmed."

Sleep and Nutrition Major Contributors

Enough sleep and nutrition are the great attributors in the well being of women. A recent research authored by Signe Karen Dørheim, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist at Stavanger University Hospital in Stavanger, Norway, elucidated that poor sleep is associated to postpartum depression independently of other factors encompassing strained partner relationship, back ground of depression, depression in the time of pregnancy, and stressful life incidents. The facts of sleep most strongly linked with depression were sleep disturbances and poor sleep quality. 

"We all seem to forget how important the basic needs are," says Kay. "This is especially true for new mothers learning to balance the demands of their infants with their own personal needs. New mothers are especially vulnerable to sleep and nutritional deficiencies on top of their already erratic hormonal adjustments. I remind new mothers to eat adequate amounts of high quality foods, continue taking their pre-natal supplements, especially the B complex vitamins (with their doctor's approval, of course), and cope as best they can with the sleep interruptions until their babies begin to sleep for longer stretches."

Generally, for several women, just understanding that their negative mood swings are momentary and part of the postpartum transition enables dealing with their emotions much simpler. Many new mothers think that this is how the rest of their lives will be spent. That's rarely the case, and assurance that these symptoms will sink over time go a long way in assisting a new mom visualize that sleep and normalcy will come back to her life. 

Tips for Wellbeing of Women 

  • Be extrovert, warding off the introversion concept. 

  • Meet with friends occasionally, at least once a week for a little "grown-up" time. 

  • Go for a stroll and be sure to look out as far as you can see and observe something new; or take a drive in the car - babies love all these activities, too.

  • Inhaling some fresh air and widening your space can do miracles when you feel your world starts feeling too small. 

  • Lastly don't try to compete with other mothers! This is a special occasion for you and your baby – leave no stone unturned to enjoy it!