Perinatal health and well-being


As you are expecting your baby, you have entered the perinatal stage. It covers the period from conception until the first year of the baby.

As this period marks a roller coaster of changes physiologically, emotionally, and numerologically, let's understand its impact on the expectant couples well-being.

The Government of Australia announced The Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program as part of the 2019-20 Federal Budget and granted funding of up to $18.5 million (GST exclusive) over four years from 2020-21 to 2023-24. In the league of prioritising mental health and care for the community, such measures are the need of the hour. In India, mental health has always been a taboo and people remain silent on emotional issues.

How it impacts the growth of the baby inside and outside?

Just as it is said that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body, so does a healthy baby grows well in a healthy mother's body. Health always had two sides of the coin, the physical health and the mental health both having equal impact on the overall well-being of an individual. Ofcourse we have renowned practicioners to treat either of the issues, but many-a-times we fail to understand the symptoms of the mental health like :

  • frequent crying or weepiness

  • trouble sleeping not because of frequent urination

  • fatigue or low energy

  • changes in appetite

  • loss of enjoyment in once pleasurable activities

  • increased anxiety

  • trouble feeling connected to the developing baby

  • feeling lonely or in middle of nowhere

  • feeling disconnected with self or others

  • loss of ambition

In the absence of a proper measuring scale to such feelings, they are often ignored. 1 out of 5 women, face some or the other symptoms but don't talk or seek professional help. There are easy solutions to address such feelings to make one feel relaxed and happy :

  1. Go slow. Take one step at a time. Do not try to change everything at one-go. Adapt to the changes switfly without taking stress.

  2. Have proper support system in place. Trust the people around you for help and make yourself clear about how you and the new born need to be taken care of.

  3. Take enough rest while pregnant and between the feeds once the baby is born.

  4. Eat all that you wish to. Do not abstain from any food as it will not affect the quality of your milk or harm the baby. (Abstain from addictions)

  5. Even though you are settling in the new routine, indulge in small outings - walks, shopping, driving, etc.

  6. Talk to your near & dear ones about your feelings.

  7. Indulge in your passion for some time to keep you rejuvenated..

  8. If you are breast feeding and you want to go out for little longer, express your milk or use top- feed.

  9. Listen to the music that you like and enjoy.

  10. Any mishap with the baby is not your negligence. You are still learning to be a mother, so don't get anxious.

  11. Read or consult the experts when in doubt. Do not take every advice of a layman seriously.

  12. The major change has occurred in your life, do not expect others to understand by themselves. Convey clearly what you expect from them, even if it is your partner or close family member. 

Although you have a new role as a mother but your previous roles of a woman, wife, daughter in-law, mother, employee/owner, etc. still exist. As the baby grows you will get more confident. Welcome everything with open arms and wisdom to get through this new phase of life. 

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