Emotional Care
Emotional Care
Special care of her emotions:

Acharya Sarangdhara has described, “ the child will have the kind of qualities that occupy the pregnant woman’s mind” When a pregnant woman desires a child who is courageous, clever, beautiful and healthy, she should listen to stories of people who possess such ideal qualities. She should read their biographies and perhaps, contemplate upon their lives.

Emotional Care

Acharya Charak says that a baby’s mind is not a blank slate, but neither a finished product. At the stage of embryo, the mind is deeply attached to its parents. It can listen, and is moulded by the types of stories and music the mother listens to when she is pregnant, and forms itself accordingly. Whatever mother listens to with attention contributes to culturing the mind of the child.

During your pregnancy your hormones will change and you may experience a lot of different feelings and emotions. Pregnancy will certainly be an interesting 9 months of your life - you may have many reasons for happiness, and usually some extra things to worry about too. There will be times like feeling your baby move for the first time - an amazing and emotional experience. Babies are born every day but this one is yours!

When a woman is pregnant, her baby is exposed to everything she experiences – the sounds in the environment, the air she breathes, the food she eats, and the emotions she feels. When a pregnant woman feels happy and calm, it allows her baby to develop in a happy, calm environment. However, emotions like stress and anxiety can increase the amount of particular hormones in the mother’s body which can affect the baby’s developing body and brain.

The following sections will help you understand the normal psychological changes that occur throughout the different stages of pregnancy. If you are having psychological problems that are interfering with your daily life or relationships, talk to your doctor and get help. Don't worry, these changes are normal considering a big life change like pregnancy. Find some information about it.

  • Psychological Changes in the First Trimester You may not be able to see the changes that are happening during the first trimester, but they are significant. During this time, some new mothers might be filled with a feeling of anxiety about losing their new baby. These fears, though unfounded, are perfectly normal. Read about the many emotions that women experience during this critical period in fetal development.
  • Psychological Changes in the Second Trimester Once the stress and anxiety of the first trimester have passed, the emotional changes of the second trimester begin. Though the feelings during this time will usually be less intense, they can be equally as troubling. Many mothers begin to feel self-conscious about the weight they are putting on to support their baby, and these feelings can lead to low self-esteem.
  • Psychological Changes in the Third Trimester In the third trimester, women are anticipating childbirth and coping with significant physical changes. While fears of losing the baby have usually disappeared by this point, a new anxiety takes its place -- the fear of the baby's arrival. Also, worries about labor and birth are also common during the last three months of pregnancy.
  • Dreams During Pregnancy Many women experience strange dreams about childbirth, their newborn baby, and life as a new mother. In this section, we will tell you about some of the more common dreams pregnant women have including dreams about the baby's sex and nightmares about being trapped or assaulted. We will also attempt to help understand what these dreams might mean.
  • Psychological Changes in the Father At the same time that pregnant women are experiencing major physical and emotional changes, expectant fathers are going through emotional changes as well. Some fathers might feel left out during the pregnancy or might become apprehensive about their ability to parent. We will run down these common fears and offer some suggestions for dealing with them.

Here are some guidelines to be in a good mood.

Stay Connected To Your Friends

When you become pregnant or have a new baby, it's like you've entered a whole new universe - one your childless friends may not understand. It's important to stay in contact with your friends - continue to call them, and make a point to go out shopping or just for lunch sometimes.

Practice Positive Self-Talk

Many times, the ways we think about ourselves can be brutal. Pay attention to the way you talk to yourself (i.e. "I'm getting so fat") and make a conscious choice to be kind to yourself, instead (i.e. "My body is working exactly as it should to nurture my baby").

Keep A Journal

Sometimes writing down your feelings can help you sort them out in a way you can cope with. Pregnancy and post-pregnancy are times of change and uncertainty, both positive and negative. It's a good idea to write some of that down so you can better understand what you're going through.

Confide In Someone

If you're having an especially hard day, it's helpful to confide in a close friend or family member. They can help you put things into perspective, and allow you to vent any anger or frustration you may be feeling.

Eat Right

Especially during the antenatal period, eating right is very important. Too much sugar or caffeine can increase feelings of stress and anxiety. Stay hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet to help yourself feel better.
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