Just like every woman, every pregnancy is unique. Some women experience every symptom, including moodiness, immediately. Other women don’t experience any symptoms for months.
Pregnancy hormones play a definite role in how you respond mentally. If you find yourself struggling with mental health issues during pregnancy, we encourage you to seek professional help.
Does Pregnancy Cause Anxiety?
According to the National Library of Medicine, pregnancy not only changes your body physically, but it also causes psychological changes. Some of the possible psychological changes include:
- Ambivalence (doubt or uncertainty)
- Frequent mood changes
Pregnancy can be stressful. Women worry about the changes in their bodies, the health of their growing babies, the possibility of a miscarriage, the delivery experience, and more. A previous mental health condition can make you even more susceptible to issues during pregnancy.
Can Pregnancy Anxiety Cause Other Health Problems?
Speaking to your healthcare provider about your anxiety is vital. The March of Dimes writes that untreated depression in pregnant women can lead to some of the following health problems:
- Poor nutrition, smoking, drugs, or alcohol
- High blood pressure or diabetes
- Prolonged or premature labor
- Suicidal thoughts (please contact the suicide and crisis lifeline at 988 immediately if you are having suicidal thoughts)
What Can I Do to Improve My Mental Health During Pregnancy?
You can do many things to foster better mental health during pregnancy. Here are some tips from a variety of sources:
- Talk with someone you trust. Share your feelings with a friend, family member, doctor, or midwife.
- Get exercise. Try swimming, walking, dancing, or jogging.
- Eat regular, healthy meals, and drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol).
- Take time to rest. Don’t expect too much of yourself. It’s especially critical to get a good night’s sleep.
- Accept help from others. Set realistic goals of what you can and cannot do.
- Stay connected with friends and family.
- Take your prenatal vitamins. Folic acid can protect your mood swings.
- If necessary, speak with your healthcare provider about taking antidepressants.
How Can Ramona Women’s Clinic Help Me?
The team at Ramona treats all clients with respect and care. We can be that listening ear if you need emotional support and someone to talk with about your feelings or concerns. We also provide free prenatal vitamins, confidential pregnancy counseling, and prenatal classes.
If assisting you with your mental health issues is beyond our scope, we can refer you to mental health professionals within our community. Your physical and mental health are important to us. Conveniently book an appointment online, call us at 760-789-7059, or text us at 619-348-5131.