Getting Through Your Pregnancy

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Common Challenges Women Face In Pregnancy

Having a baby can be an exciting time, but there are a number of reasons why a pregnancy can also be challenging. When a pregnancy is unplanned or unexpected it can take time to process this and adjust to the news. Planned pregnancies can cause stress and pressure as well. Parents need to make decisions about parenting and other logistical issues like who will take time off work initially, and what child care will look like on an ongoing basis. Regardless of whether it’s planned or unplanned, a pregnancy is a big adjustment and it’s ok to have mixed feelings throughout yours. Below are a few common difficulties women face during a pregnancy. If any of these are a stressor for you, remember it’s ok to seek help.

Coping with an Unplanned Pregnancy

A pregnancy is exciting, but they can also be challenging

A pregnancy is exciting, but they can also be challenging

When pregnancy is unplanned or unwanted it can be stressful for women and couples to decide how to proceed. Regardless of your desire for the pregnancy, it’s important to seek medical support to protect your health and the health of your baby while you make decisions about how you would like to manage the pregnancy. If you’re feeling confused and are having trouble making a decision, it can help to speak to someone who can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

Coping with Miscarriage

As many as 1 in 4 confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage. The end of a pregnancy through miscarriage can be devastating, and many women blame themselves when their pregnancies end prematurely. Most miscarriages occur for reasons entirely outside our control, but this doesn’t make them any easier to cope with. It’s important to be kind to yourself following a miscarriage. It’s normal to feel upset and deeply sad, but if you find yourself feeling stuck in these feelings, it might be worthwhile speaking to someone, whether that by your local doctor or a clinical psychologist.

Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy can lead to different challenges depending on where you are in your life and career when you fall pregnant. Where a pregnancy will lead to significant adjustments to routines, this can also be especially difficult to cope with. Regardless of your situation, all women need support through their pregnancy. Women differ in the amount of support they receive from others, be it from family, friends, work colleagues or other peers, and a lack of support can affect how you feel while you’re pregnant.

Work + Finances

Women and couples who are expecting a child will have to make decisions about how to manage their time, work, or study while pregnant. They’ll need to figure out who will take time off when the baby arrives, and how they’ll cope with changes to the financial income of the household. It’s important to have information about maternity and parental leave options, and to plan ahead so that you have an idea of how you’ll cope with these issues ahead of time.

Health Management

There are a number of decisions you’ll need to make about the management of your health throughout your pregnancy. You’ll need to decide whether to have your baby through the public or private hospital system, or see your local GP for your health check ups instead. The volume of information available to you about diet, exercise, and sleep through pregnancy can be overwhelming, but these are all issues your doctor can help you with so seek their advice. Other symptoms like fatigue, nausea, pain, or discomfort can be frightening, but your doctor can offer you support in these areas as well. If living with ongoing pregnancy symptoms is impacting the quality of your life, you might also benefit from speaking to a clinical psychologist.

Emotions

Some women aren’t impacted emotionally throughout their pregnancy, but some experience distress. With all the extra hormones, pregnancy can be an emotional time. Pre and post natal anxiety and depression are relatively common, with approximately a quarter of women symptoms of anxiety and depression in the two years after their pregnancy. The loss of a pregnancy can cause feelings of grief and loneliness, and when a birth doesn’t go according to plan, this can be distressing as well. All of these emotional responses are normal, but if your emotional feel like they’re getting on top of you, don’t be afraid to seek help.


 

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