There are a number of different ways that ante-natal depression, stress and anxiety can be addressed in a helpful and positive way. The most important thing is that you, as an individual, are involved in any decisions and that you have support around you from people who have your best interests at heart. In the first instance, speak to your doctor or midwife about what options are available to you.
Below are some of the options they may be discuss with you.
It may be that you have a history of depression or that your anxiety is related to the pregnancy itself. Whatever the reason for you feeling the way you do, a professional counsellor will be able to help you unravel your feelings in a helpful way and hopefully give you some useful tools to make the best of the weeks or months ahead. Some doctors have a counsellor attached to their practice who will offer a number of free sessions so it’s definitely worth speaking to them first to see what’s available near you.
Aqua Aerobics, Exercise and Complimentary Therapies
Exercise and relaxation are well researched and documented ways for easing tension, anxiety and depression. Your midwife can chat through what may work for you and which of these are safe in pregnancy.
In some cases your doctor or midwife may recommend medication which is designed to help you feel more able to cope with your feelings. Your mental health is as important as your physical health so don’t be afraid to mention the topic of medication if you feel this will be useful to you. Be sure to ask them about any potential side effects if you are worried about how these may affect you or the baby, and if it helps, take a friend or family member with you. Sometimes you may not remember what the doctor says so having someone there with you can help you keep track of what was said.
You can also download a free electronic copy of the Guide to Ante-natal Depression