Of course you are excited about being pregnant- so why do you feel unhappy sometimes? Having the Pregnancy Blues isn’t uncommon and it doesn’t make you an ungrateful person. You are going through a huge life change, and with that comes a fair amount of stress and anxiety in addition to happiness. If you have moments where you can’t help but feel down during your pregnancy, you are not alone, and there is nothing wrong with you. Pregnancy blues can occur because of many different reasons, and there are plenty of ways to help yourself feel better.
What Causes Pregnancy Blues?
One of the most common causes of sadness during pregnancies are hormones. While hormones are bound to go up and down during this time, some pregnant women feel these mood swings more intensely. Another major cause of pregnancy blues is relationship differences. You may not be getting along with your significant other, parents, or in-laws and this can make your pregnancy especially difficult. If your pregnancy is unplanned, comes soon after a wedding, or is a second pregnancy soon after your first, this can cause added stress. Many women also suffer from anxiety during their pregnancies because of financial difficulties. In addition to these common reasons, pregnancy blues can also be prompted by a history of depression, loneliness, problems with your pregnancy or health, or other stressful life events taking place at the same time.
What Should I Do?
There are many ways to safely cope with pregnancy blues and help yourself feel as happy as you should be feeling during this exciting time.
Take it Easy. You have a ton to do before the baby comes, but don’t load up on chores too much. Keep a manageable list of things that need to be done. Biting off more than you can chew will guarantee unnecessary stress.
Talk it Out. Talk about your fears and concerns with friends, family members, and your partner. Not only will letting it out help you feel better, but if will help knowing that you have tons of people who are there for you. Arrange to meet up with friends and loved ones often. You may also find it comforting to talk to other expecting mothers who can relate to what you are feeling.
Meditate. It can be very calming to listen to spiritual music regularly, and to spend at least thirty minutes daily to calm your mind by meditating. It is also essential to get enough sleep to help you feel refreshed and well.
Eat Healthily. Eating regular, lean meals that are high in vitamins and minerals will provide you with the nutrition you need to stay healthy and make you feel better.
Treat Yourself. Eating small amounts of dark chocolate can actually help ease pregnancy blues. Chocolate contains theobromine, which helps to relax your muscles and dilate the blood vessels. Eating chocolate in small amounts is also believed to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.
Exercise Regularly Getting plenty of exercise will boost your dopamine and help keep your energy and mood up.
Consider Therapy. It is so important that you do not ignore feelings of loneliness, anxiety, or distress. After two weeks, if you’ve tried everything and still feel blue, it may help to see a therapist or a counselor. You should talk to someone you can feel safe with, and whom you trust. You may also benefit from antidepressants, just talk to your doctor to see which ones are safe for pregnant women and be sure to get medical clearance first.