Pregnancy news, 03/04/17
'Pregnancy is an individual journey,' explains Whitney Port in her new vlog series 'I Love My Baby, But I Hate My Pregnancy'. She's right about that, and the journey isn't always a smooth one. Whitney (reality TV star turned fashion designer) wants to highlight her struggles and the pressure she feels from others to be excited about being pregnant.
Here's what she had to say in her short intro episode:
It's refreshing to hear Whitney speak so honestly about how she doesn’t always feel ‘blessed’ or excited to be pregnant. And we know she’s not alone in feeling this way. It's completely normal to feel low and it definitely doesn’t mean that you love your baby any less.
Pregnancy hormones can make you feel more stressed and anxious than you might have expected.
Our midwife Sophie explains:
'Finding out that you are pregnant can cause a whole range of emotions. Whether it is planned or unplanned, there will almost always be a “lump in your throat” moment when you get a positive pregnancy test! Self-doubt about whether you are ready, guilt for suddenly doubting that you want to be pregnant, concern and anxiety for the future and excitement that your dream is coming true are all totally normal thoughts and emotions to have. You might even have them all at once!
'Your emotions during pregnancy can change daily. One day you may feel on top of the world, and the next can be a really tough one to get through. This rollercoaster of pregnancy hormones is totally normal, but if this is something that is worrying you then talk to your GP and/or Midwife. They will always be happy to discuss your thoughts and feelings with you and help you decide if this is something that you need extra support with or not. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health during pregnancy. As midwives, we are used to talking about the whole lot!
'Being pregnant can be a real challenge for many women, but your midwife will be there for you no matter what your worries or concerns are. The likelihood is that she/he has heard the same concern three times in the clinic today, or a thousand times this year.
'Nothing you can tell us will shock or outrage us. We’re a supportive, non-judgemental and loving bunch – so please talk to us, confide in us, use us! We are here to help you and your bump!'
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