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Emotional Health of Pregnant Women

Submitted by on June 23, 2011 – 12:05 amNo Comment

As the fetus continues to grow in the uterus of a woman, she starts experiencing several emotional changes along with the obvious changes in the shape of her body.  Pregnant women often suffer from fears due to a number of reasons, which disturbs their emotional health significantly. The most common fears experienced by pregnant women are due to:

  • Fears about giving birth to the child.
  • Chances of having a miscarriage.
  • Women often worry thinking whether the baby will born safely.
  • Anxiety about the health of the baby as well as her own health.
  • Coping with labor pain.
  • Increase in financial pressures due in increase in the number of members in her family.
  • Career conflict.
  • A large section of pregnant women tent to suffer from fear of being rejected by their partners as they lose their normal body shape during pregnancy.

The above thoughts may result in emotional feeling like confusion, depression, mood swings, impatience, worry and fear, anxiety, stress, nervousness, irritation, anger, loneliness, ambivalence in the pregnant woman.

What are the factors triggering these emotional changes in pregnant women? The most common factors resulting in these changes include:

  1. Sudden changes in the hormonal levels.
  2. Stressful life.
  3. Changes happening to the women’s body.
  4. Health disorders occurring during pregnancy.
  5. Problematic relation with the partner.
  6. Previous episodes of miscarriage.
  7. Having a family or personal history of anxiety and depression.
  8. Having a history of abuse and trauma.

Do the emotional problems during pregnancy directly affect the pregnant women or the developing fetus? Yes they do; emotional health problem in a pregnant woman may lead to the following situations:

  1. Chronic stress in a pregnant woman might reduce the growth of the fetus.
  2. Mental disorders increases the possibilities of premature delivery and miscarriage.
  3. Cortisol may enter the developing brain of the fetus carried by women suffering from excessive stress.
  4. The baby may get behavioral disorders at a later stage.

To make sure that any of the above mentioned situations doesn’t arise, pregnant women should report all emotional changes experienced by them to the gynecologist immediately.

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