Do you feel overwhelmed by worries or anxiety? Here's how to cope with those feelings during pregnancy.
Many mums- and dads-to-be find the journey of pregnancy very memorable and the bond they develop with their baby very special. At the same time, they may also have worries about the baby's health and the future. This is very common as parenthood is a big transition in your life. For mums-to-be, hormonal changes during pregnancy may also make you more sensitive, especially in the first trimester.
But if you're feeling extremely moody, irritable and tearful around week 20, this may be a signal of something a bit more serious. Here's what you need to know about the pregnancy blues and how you can get help to start smiling again.
Signs of pregnancy blues
The risks of developing the blues
One in five pregnant mums is likely to have these symptoms. Often, it's a combination of these factors that increase the likelihood of this condition:
What you can do
It's important to identify and treat these baby blues to ensure a physically and emotionally healthy pregnancy and a healthy environment for your little one. These steps will help you:
By Associate Professor TAN Thiam Chye Head & Senior Consultant, Dr Janice TUNG Senior O&G Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific
Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore
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