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The evolving developments related to the ongoing and unsettling pandemic has caused widespread anxiety. Some women, who planned on getting pregnant this year, have started wondering if they should go ahead with their plan or delay it. As a fertility expert, this is a question I encounter quite commonly. My answer is always that even before the pregnancy, taking care of your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health is important.
Many people don’t pay enough attention to their mental well-being and end up neglecting it. Maintaining a healthy mind is important for a baby’s development and health. If you are mentally healthy, you will be in the best position to manage the challenges of pregnancy and life with a new baby.
Planning to have a baby can be very exciting but also daunting for parents-to-be. It is common to experience some emotional changes at this time. Hormonal and physical changes occur during pregnancy. When you prepare for a huge change in life, you could encounter a variety of thoughts revolving around monetary preparation for affording a baby, carrier challenges related to your work life, preparing for responsibilities, changes in physical appearance, a shift in your health status and the huge unknown factor- the time it would take to become pregnant.
When you’re trying to conceive, it is important to remain calm and not get stressed. Stress can hurt the chances of becoming pregnant. Being anxious about these things is normal but one should not focus too much on encountering fertility problems. Some may feel stressed about things such as antenatal tests, particularly if they had a bad experience before, such as a miscarriage. It is understandable but it is also important to develop a positive mindset when you’re starting your journey of parenthood.
Work from home, a breakdown in the daily schedule, a sedentary lifestyle, temporary unemployment and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues add up several mental health issues for a couple who are trying to start a family. It is common to feel anxious, uneasy, worried, afraid and sad, but here are a few handy tips that can help you take care of your emotional health as you try to conceive. These include:
It is common to go through all kinds of emotions as you plan to get pregnant, but it’s important to be aware of any changing feelings. Consult a doctor if you’ve been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks and your anxiety has affected your daily life. Other warning signs are negative thoughts and feelings affecting your ability to function normally, losing interest, or feeling hopeless or unable to cope. Don’t hesitate from seeking help for your mental health.