Pregnancy can arguably be one of the happiest and most exciting times in a woman’s life, but getting pregnant after losing a baby can be quite challenging emotionally.
In fact, women who become pregnant after losing a baby are at higher risk of developing postpartum depression and anxiety, even if the second pregnancy is successful, according to the Pregnancy After Loss Support Group.
So clearly the feelings of grief surrounding a previous pregnancy loss can continue through a subsequent pregnancy, along with feelings of anxiety over the outcome of the next pregnancy.
Fortunately, there are several tips that may help expecting mothers to enjoy their pregnancy with less stress.
it’s good for your mental AND physical health. You can keep your mind busy with moderate exercises depending on your individual pregnancy situation and whatever your doctor recommends, according to Dr. Jane Frederick, a reproductive endocrinologist in California. Yoga is also a gentle yet effective option.
2) Talk to a professional.
Especially since you may still be working through grief from a previous pregnancy loss, it’s extremely important to have an open line of communication with an unbiased, non-judgmental professional who is trained to provide support to women experiencing grief due to pregnancy loss, Frederick said.
3) Maintain a solid support system.
You can talk to a counselor, join a support group for women going through similar experiences, and talk to family and friends about what you’re feeling, according to Frederick.
4) Embrace your pregnancy.
It may be difficult to feel happy when you’re still saddened about your angel baby, but it’s beneficial for you and your current baby to focus on the positives of being pregnant and the resulting childbirth experience.
You can start embracing your pregnancy by working on projects for your baby’s nursery, taking classes to get ready for childbirth and motherhood, joining an expecting moms group to bond with other women and have fun, and reading books about pregnancy and beyond, Frederick said.
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