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What a pregnant woman should know about mental health

  • Sometimes, emotional stress can affect you and your baby's health

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    It is common (normal) to feel worried, tearful and unhappy, especially when you have many problems and challenges occurring at the same time.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Talking about your feelings and troubles with trusted health workers, family, friends or community members can help you feel healthier.

    As many mothers feel emotional stress, you may be able to share feelings with those you know and help each other.

  • Mothers who are affected by life problems often experience emotional stress when they are pregnant

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    You are not alone. Some mothers feel troubled and guilty for feeling unhappy during their pregnancy. Getting help will make you feel better, and there is a lot of support out there!

    Remember, emotional stress is very common (normal) around pregnancy. It is not your fault.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Talking about your feelings and troubles with trusted health workers, family, friends or community members can help you feel healthier.

  • Emotional stress can happen to any mother and it is not your fault

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    When you feel well, you will feel stronger and cope better with problems.

    Most people who are troubled feel better when they get the help and care that they need.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Talking about your feelings and troubles with trusted health workers, family, friends or community members can help you feel healthier.

  • When you feel happy and well, it is easier to make plans and good choices for you and your family

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    Talking about your feelings and troubles with trusted health workers, family, friends or community members can help you feel healthier.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Share your feelings and troubles with someone you trust. Look for ways you can get practical and emotional support.

  • Practical, social and emotional support can make you feel better

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    Thinking positive and negative thoughts is linked to the way you feel and it can directly affect your baby’s physical and emotional growth.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Take time to rest and do activities you enjoy. Your baby knows you very well, and learns about the world through you.

 

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