Facing The Challenges Of Pregnancy And Birth

Pregnancy and birth are important phases in an individual’s life. These could be phases of togetherness or loneliness. Some women tend to experience higher levels of emotional ups and downs than others. Blame it on the hormones- this surely could be a challenging time both for the mother to be and those around her. But the good news is that not every woman has to go through this.

Some women may also experience postpartum depression, a form of clinical depression after child delivery. Adequate knowledge helps in coping up and overcoming the issue. Though most women experience baby blues during the first few days after childbirth, depression might require closer attention and counseling. Talking to a pregnancy and birth professional well trained in this area surely helps.

Knowledge Is The Key Here

Knowing yourself and your body can help in tackling this to quite an extent. This especially holds true for those who are working or already have other children to raise. It would be great if you plan ahead for your pregnancy and birth experience. But in case this pregnancy caught you unawares, it’s okay, just relax. The days ahead can be handled in a much better manner if things are well-organized.

Keeping a pregnancy calendar can put things into perspective. This is more like a self help journal where every symptom, physical and emotional changes or anything that the woman finds unusual can be recorded. It is usually organized into months and weeks. This can be of great help to the health care provider, who will have access to more detailed information. The pregnancy calendar is available as a physical journal or as an online diary.

Medically, pregnancy and birth are divided into different phases. The process of pregnancy itself lasts for about 40 weeks or 9 months and a few extra days. The expected delivery date (EDD) is determined as 40 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP). The EDD is an approximate calculation of your baby’s arrival date. Very few women deliver on their EDD, others deliver between 38 and 42 weeks.

The entire term of pregnancy is divided into three trimesters. The first trimester starts on the first day of the LMP and ends by last day of the 12th week. During this phase, the intestines get settled in the abdomen, vocal cords are formed and the baby starts to urinate. Week 13 to the end of week 26 is the second trimester. The baby’s eyes start blinking, and there is growth of eyelashes and the hair on the head. The third trimester lasts from week 27 till the end of the pregnancy.

Staying On Top

Pregnancy and birth are among those rare occasions in life which need to be made memorable. Make this phase interesting by bringing out the creative skills in you. Make a personal scrap book where you can jot down the interesting things that happened during your pregnancy. Just the simple pleasure of reading it again after a few days will make you smile. Also, try other mood elevators like taking a walk, soaking in a tub of warm water, going out with friends, etc. Don’t wait for others to make you happy. Just DIY! Happy Motherhood!