The Emotional Side of Pregnancy

There are many feelings and experiences that come with each life change. Pregnancy and preparing for L&D are no exception, but many women don’t freely speak about it. Communication and connection are so vital during this intense time.

Pregnancy and postpartum are emotional times from the simple fact that there are a lot of hormonal changes going on within a woman’s body. In addition to the physical component, some women can have mixed emotions when finding out that they are pregnant, even if it was planned. Reality and a major life change can be very scary, presenting anxiety along with many other emotions for many. There is an uncertainty about going into unchartered territory whether its child #1, child #6 or somewhere in between. Each child changes the dynamic of the family and each pregnancy, labor and delivery is different and presents new blessings, vulnerabilities, opportunities for personal growth, and challenges.

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On the outside, many women portray happiness when they may be emotionally struggling and feeling alone. Stresses around physical changes, financial concerns, recent pregnancy health issue diagnosed, and/or the mental perspective on taking on a new responsibility are just a few examples. When an expectant mom has a safe place to speak her truth and/or has a person to connect with to process her emotions, it will not only promote feeling better but also promote overall health. Our wellness is not just reliant upon our food and physical activity, our emotions directly impact our health too; for example stress compromises digestion, can raise blood pressure, etc. Feelings such as fear, doubt, anger (to name just a few) can and will affect labor and delivery also.

So whether you are expecting or you know someone that is; it is important to be aware of what we can do as women to support ourselves and each other.

Some ideas include:

  • Honor where we are or where someone else is, instead of thinking that an expectant mom needs to be constantly excited with the news and demands that pregnancy can bring. Don’t assume anything.
  • If you are expecting, give yourself grace. You are moving through a timeframe and process (including L&D) designed to make you a mom. It is good to experience different emotions and work through them in a positive manner instead of suppressing or dismissing them
  • While pregnant, journaling is another way to bring your emotions out and process them. Also, start writing what you are grateful for to help shift your perspective in a more positive direction
  • Consume high levels of high quality fish oil (studies have shown that 5000mg daily can help with mood)
  • Get your Vitamin D levels checked; supplement if you are low
  • Consider placenta encapsulation for after birth
  • Form or join a community of moms supporting moms. A sacred place for moms to speak their truth, be accepted and not judged is essential for moms and families to thrive.
  • Do an unexpected gesture for an expectant or new mom
    • Deliver a meal
    • Connect and ask if she would like to go to a yoga class together, connect for tea, go for a walk, etc.
    • If she has other children, offer to take them for a playdate
    • Run an errand
    • ETC

Women supporting women improves our mood, perspective, and overall health. When moms feel healthier and happier, the entire family will benefit. The Willowsong Community is the perfect example of how connection, support and kindness can make being a mom a bit easier. It really does takes a village…

 

MelanieMelanie is the Wellness Coordinator for Willowsong Midwifery Care, a Certified Health Coach (through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and AADP), and more importantly a mom of 3 small children. She is very passionate about empowering moms and children in attaining overall health and wellness and loves supporting Willowsong Families with health classes, free initial prenatal consults, information via blogging and much more! Melanie approaches health from a holistic perspective, meaning that she believes each component of our lives creates our overall health and wellness. You are welcome to connect with Melanie anytime via email (Melanie@Food4Thoughtdm.com).

Please don’t just take Melanie’s experience…as always consult with your medical professional and your own self understanding when making health decision; Melanie is not a medical professional, a nutritionist or dietician. She does not hold a degree in medicine, dietetics, or nutrition. Melanie makes no claim to any specialized medical training, nor does she dispense medical advice or prescriptions. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, preconception or pregnancy health. It is intended to be provided for informational, educational, and self-empowerment purposes ONLY. Please consult with your doctor or wellness team if you have questions and then make your own well-informed decisions based upon what is best for your unique genetics, culture, conditions, and stage of life.