Ways to Boost Your Emotional Health
- As a mother you may also wear many other ‘hats’: as a partner/wife, daughter, sibling, best friend, employee - all have competing demands on your time and emotions.
- Pregnancy naturally puts stress on your emotions and with competing demands together with changes in hormones; you may notice your mood being more variable than usual.
- Mood can be improved by physical activity, pleasant surroundings, doing things you enjoy and talking with supportive people (and pets).
Some suggestions from other new or expectant mothers to help manage emotions include:
“Going for a daily walk was a ritual I started during pregnancy. I either went by myself or with my partner, a friend, or a family member. It was a fail-proof way of relaxing that I really started to look forward to.”
“I was feeling a bit snowed under with the preparations for the new addition to our family. Once I made a start getting the house organised and preparing the nursery I felt more on top of things.”
“I was one of the first of my friends to have a baby so I was worried it would change our friendships but keeping in contact with them was actually a big support and a great break from my new role as a mum.”
“It’s so easy to stop doing the things you enjoy just because you’re pregnant. Yes it does take a bit more effort but once I was out of the house I felt so much better.”
“I liked to wander down to the local park, or just sit in my back garden and read my baby bible. It was nice to get out, get a healthy amount of sun and just relax.”
- More about sunlight and vitamin D (external)
“I knew life was just going to get busier so I decided to do something I always wanted to do, enrol in a Spanish language class. It was a great way to meet new people and have some time to myself – so much so that I’m still doing it now."
Check your local council website for ideas - find it on the list of local council websites (external)
“Pregnancy was quite stressful for me and there were times I didn’t feel as if I was coping. I soon worked out that keeping my concerns to myself just made me feel worse so I made an exerted effort to talk about my worries, however big or small, to anyone that would listen – mainly friends, my mum, sister or GP.”
- If these tips are not enough, you may benefit from some outside help from a health care professional such as your GP, obstetrician, midwife, child health nurse (if you already have a child) or a counsellor/psychologist.
- For more information see professional help (external). If you feel like you need more help, call the Ngala Parenting Line on 9368 9368 or 1800 111 546 for country callers, or find other helplines (external).
More about emotional health during pregnancy (external)
- Secrets of Good Eaters Book
- Building Brains for Young Children 0-3 Years DVD
- Conversations About Sleep 0-3 Years DVD
When: 30 Mar, 9:30am
Birth to 4 months: A 5-week series of workshops for parents with a newborn baby. Each workshop covers a wide range of topics about you and your new baby and provides the opportunity to meet and connect with other new parents in your local area.