Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
During the first trimester you may be: in denial, afraid to be excited or share the news because of fear surrounding miscarriage, overwhelmed with excitement, confused about why it happened now after months or years of trying, anxious about what this will mean for your family/career/finances, guilt about not being happy, resentment.
Later on in your pregnancy, you may still feel some of these emotions in addition to worrying about when the baby will come, wondering why the baby is late, feeling confused about what to do with your career, frustration that other mamas are delivering sooner than you, afraid of childbirth, and resentment towards having to leave your career.
These feelings are normal and common. So often I see moms feeling a certain way and then beating themselves up over it, which makes them feel even worse.
Having a baby throws you off in many ways (hormonally, emotionally, physically). In my opinion, one of the best things you can do is talk about these feelings with other mamas.
You’d be surprised at how many “me too’s” you will get. Being around other mamas that have kids will reassure you that not only are those feelings normal, but you will get through them.
However, if at any point, these feelings become more than small worries or they completely take over your life, please seek help from a professional. If the following symptoms last for more than 2 weeks, it’s time to get help:
Sleeping too little or too much
Loss of interest in activities that you usually enjoy
Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
If you’re having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, please get help immediately.
While people talk about postpartum depression, there is far less (hardly any) talk about prenatal depression (or antenatal depression) which can happen while a woman is pregnant.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), state that between 14-23% of women will struggle with some symptoms of depression during pregnancy.
Don’t be ashamed to get help. If you notice another mama is really struggling, please make sure she gets help.
In early pregnancy, amniotic fluid is about 97-98% water and 2% salt and cells from your baby. In later pregnancy, the amniotic fluid develops further and contains protein, carbohydrates, fats, and other constituents that promote fetal development.
Drinking plenty of filtered water and consuming quality salt helps create amniotic fluid that keeps your baby warm, provides lubrication and protection, and helps your baby’s lungs develop.
Not all forms of salt are beneficial to your health. Avoid using table salt as much as possible since it is highly refined to remove impurities, is stripped of minerals, and has undesirable anti-caking agents. By consuming a whole foods diet, you’ll be avoiding a large amount of refined table salt, present in many packaged foods.
Celtic sea salt and Himalayan pink salt contain 84 essential trace minerals that are easily absorbed by your body.
So, feel free to add quality Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt to your food. I use it liberally with no concerns.
Source: http://www.pennmedicine.org/encyclopedia/em_DisplayAnimation.aspx?gcid=000130&ptid=17 and PMID: 15301282