How to take care of your emotional health during pregnancy

Pregnant woman on the bed
Pregnancy is a time of great change for you and your partner. Although pregnancy is a happy time for many, the changes and adjustments can increase your stress level and affect all aspects of your life. Pregnancy creates unique stressors for you and your partner. These include:
  • Physical discomforts
  •  Hormonal changes/mood swings
  • The health of you and your baby
  •   Coping with labor and delivery – fear of the unknown
  •  Becoming a parent
  • Changing relationships with your partner, family, and friends 
  • Financial concerns.

Tips on how to take care of your emotions during pregnancy

  • Stay active and eat well
  • Take time to rest, relax and make sure you get enough sleep
  • Do something you enjoy every day (see a movie, listen to music, read a book)
  • Avoid stressful situations
  • Share your thoughts and feelings with each other and/or someone you trust
  • Create a good support network
  • Make time to go out, visit friends, or spend time alone with your partner
  • Ask for help from others (be specific about what you need)
  • Prioritize tasks and do one thing at a time
  • Talk to your healthcare provider if you need extra support to help you cope
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