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Five Effective Ways to Beat the Pregnancy Blues

Are you emotionally low, anxious, and lethargic during your pregnancy? Do you feel downright unhappy with life? At least every one in ten pregnant women suffer from the above symptoms of depression accompanied by frequent mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of interest, and sleep and appetite disturbance. There are several effective ways to combat these antenatal blues.

1) Exercise

Exercise helps energize and rejuvenate the body and mind. Regular walking, swimming or any other form of prenatal workout should be part of your pregnancy calendar (at least three times a week). Yoga and meditation offer benefits of improved breathing and concentration along with relaxation. 

2) Diet

A healthy and balanced diet goes a long way for you and your growing baby. Avoiding sugar, chocolate and caffeine can help cope with mood swings. It is also a good idea to increase your calorie intake to fight fatigue. Stick to a suitable antenatal vitamin–mineral supplement regime to meet your nutritional needs. Try taking small but frequent meals throughout the day to ease digestion.

3) Pamper Yourself

Feeling good and looking good are like two sides of the same coin. Be it a day at the spa for a massage or manicure, a new hair style, or simply going out shopping, pampering yourself once in a while helps uplift your mood. Taking care of yourself by dressing up or wearing make-up during those expecting months also boosts your confidence level and improves your state of mind.

4) Share Your Feelings

Expectant women go through a lot of physical and hormonal changes consequently making them more emotional than they probably were prior to conceiving. Talking it out with your spouse or friend mitigates the anxiety within you. Writing a journal plays the role of a companion as well as helps to keep a record of your pregnancy week by week. Various parenting websites offer support to first time moms by providing relevant information and networking opportunities.

5) Therapy and Medication

In cases where prenatal depression becomes severe and has the potential to continue into the postnatal stage, psychotherapy or antidepressant medication may be recommended by your practitioner. 

Research reveals that pregnancy blues triggered by high anxiety levels may result in low birth weight and pre-maturity. Hormonal or circumstantial, whatever be the reason for depression, it is advisable that pregnant women make an intentional effort to think and act optimistically, ruling out the possibility of postpartum depression. Enjoy the experience while it lasts. Be proud and appreciative of your journey to motherhood with an open mind and a forward looking attitude.

Published Jan 26 2012, 07:39 PM by pregnancyresources
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