So often, women who are emotionally struggling during pregnancy or after delivery feel alone and find it difficult to admit this to others. Many research studies have shown the benefits of support groups for women, both during pregnancy and after. It can be reassuring and healing to know others share similar worries, fears, doubts, and guilt. Participating in a support group may provide a safe, judgement-free place to talk about the realities of motherhood and its hardships.
Some basic ingredients to self-care include:
- Drinking enough water
- Eating on a regular basis
- Skipping meals can contribute to mood swings and junk food has been associated with depression
- Walking, dancing, swimming, biking and running have all been shown to reduce anxiety and improve mood
- Asking for help
- Asking friends and family for support in practical ways (laundry, dishes, and chores) can go a long way in alleviating anxiety
Some women find it helpful to do a combination of things, like support groups, counseling, medications and lifestyle changes.
How can Balance help?
Balance providers are dedicated to helping you determine the appropriate treatment that will help alleviate symptoms and help you feel better. A common symptom of post-partum depression is anxiety. Women may worry that they are not doing a good enough job in caring for the baby. These symptoms can worsen to the point of impairing a woman's ability to care for herself or the baby. We can help a woman manage these symptoms.
Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy
Postpartum Support International
Center for Women's Mental Health - Harvard and Mass General Hospital
Postpartum Progress - award winning blog by a survivor
Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (2010) by Pec Indman and Shoshana Bennett.