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Emotions in pregnancy and the postnatal period

 

During pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a time of very mixed emotions particularly in the first and third trimesters due to several factors.  The major life changes that are ahead can give rise to worries and doubts. Physical changes can induce stress and tiredness and fluctuations in hormonal levels can play havoc with the brain chemistry. One minute you may be laughing and the next crying; and beginning to feel like you're losing it.  However, be assured, you are not going mad, it is all completely normal and it is important that your partner or friends knows this too.  Having a supportive partner is really helpful but it is important to know that even if you don't, you can do this alone!  It is amazing the resources a person can find when they need to.  You just need to focus on the end result.  A child can bring so much joy, so much happiness into your life.

 Some women really don't have the best circumstances when pregnant.  They may have lost their partner for one reason or another or the pregnancy may have resulted from a one-night stand.  If you are in a situation like this it is really important to focus on any positive points you can, no matter how small.  At the end of each day, congratulate yourself for any achievement you have made.  Even if it's just something like doing the shopping or making a tasty meal.  This sort of exercise each day eventually trains you to be positive.

 

Postnatal depression

For some reason many people put themselves under loads of unnecessary pressure when a baby is on the way.  Pregnancy is not a good time to remodel your home or to move house.  Putting yourself under that sort of pressure can increase your chances of suffering from postnatal depression after the baby is born.  Also, there are studies that show that the babies of mothers who have been under abnormal stress during pregnancy are adversely affected by the stress.

If you feel you are a little stressed and in need of relaxation, try one of our FreeHypnobirthing MP3 downloads.  These can be very effective.  

If you are suffering from low mood and are lacking in energy, we have a lovely mood-lifting hypnotherapy MP3 download in our store.

 

For lasting happiness and well being, use a hypnotherapy recording like those mentioned above, on a regular basis because the more you use hypnotherapy the more effective it becomes.  You will be amazed how quickly you put yourself in a relaxed state after just 5-6 uses. You will probably find that eventually you will need only to count down from 10-1 to immediately send yourself into a wonderful relaxing trance-like state.

 

Finally, take a short walk outside every day.  Walking helps  keep your lymph system healthy and clear of toxins which can make you feel sluggish.