How To Take Care Of Mental Health During Pregnancy


This is Gauri Nilakantan a counselling psychologist & psychotherapist presenting my third blog on “ More need for mental wellbeing during pregnancy”. There is a link between my blogs so in case you haven’t read my first two blogs do take out some time to read those as well…..

Pregnancy can be a time of great joy coupled with a decline in physical functioning and emotional wellbeing.

Moreover when you are rearing another life inside you it is all the more important to be happy, to love oneself,  have good relationships with others, and be satisfied with one’s own life. It is absolutely alright to  experience emotions like fear, anger, sadness and regret. However what is important is that we need to possess sufficient resilience to handle life’s challenges and stresses, have meaningful relationships and make sound decisions.

Being mentally healthy helps you feel confident in your worth and  accept your strengths and weaknesses and create a sense of  purpose in your life. Mental health can positively or negatively impact physical health as well. Specially during pregnancy it is necessary to understand that whatever is experienced by the to be mother has an impact on  the baby.

There is growing research about the importance of psychological wellbeing during pregnancy with regard to a mother’s experience of childbirth and subsequent mental and physical wellbeing in the postnatal period.

Although pregnancy has typically been considered a time of emotional well-being, recent studies suggest that up to 20% of women suffer from mood or anxiety disorders during pregnancy.

According to new research , unborn babies are exposed to their mother’s stress hormones at as early as 17 weeks after conception. This is likely to affect her unborn baby with potentially harmful effects on brain and its development. High levels of anxiety during pregnancy are associated with a risk of developing conditions like preeclampsia, premature birth, and low birth weight. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and other evidence suggests that maternal stress in humans can affect the developing child, including lowering its IQ.

This blog is not intended to “unduly worry pregnant women”, but highlights the need to lead a “healthy, balanced lifestyle” to avoid general stress.

It’s just as important to look after your mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy as your physical health. If you are mentally healthy, you will be in the best position to manage the challenges of pregnancy and life with a new baby.

I will be putting up a new blog every fortnight. Please keep reading.

You can meet me personally at Currae  Gynaec/IVF /birthing Hospital.

For appointment contact Currae Desk @ 022-25984108.

Gauri Nilakantan (Consultant – Counselling Psychologist)

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