Anxious that you may lose your baby? Guilty that you aren’t enjoying being pregnant? Unable to acknowledge that you are having a baby? Angry that people are treating your pregnancy as ‘normal’? Sleepless nights while you wait for this pregnancy to go further than the baby you lost before? Wondering where all the medical support has gone? Not able to believe?
At MamaBabyBliss it is part of our mission to work change the face of perinatal wellbeing and support all women on their journey through motherhood. This page features all our blog posts filed under the 'Perinatal Mental Health' category.
In this article, we would briefly discuss the importance of prenatal attachment (the emotional bond that develops between the parents and the growing fetus during pregnancy). This is an important determinant of the future parenting style and parent-infant attachment, both of which play a vital role in the future social interactions of the child. We would explore which factors can influence this unique parent-fetal relationship during pregnancy.
Before we discuss prenatal attachment/ bonding, it is important to understand some key aspects of attachment.
Most of us remember what we were doing or thinking and feeling at the very point that we found out we were pregnant. Was it expected, had we been trying for years to conceive, was it a complete surprise. We were overwhelmed with varying emotions, anxiety, excitement and generally getting to grips with the fact that our incredible female bodies are now busy growing a tiny human.
The term ‘Tocophobia’ (or Tokophobia) refers to a severe fear of childbirth and/or pregnancy. This is sometimes also called severe Childbirth Anxiety (CA) or Fear of Childbirth (FOC). The word ‘Tokophobia’ originated from Greek ‘tokos’ meaning childbirth and ‘phobia’ meaning intense fear. Although often used in the context of pregnant women, the condition also occurs in non-pregnant women and in men.
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), formerly known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), is a common health condition during pregnancy. If not properly treated, PGP it can lead to anxiety, depression and poor quality of life for pregnant women. Fortunately, with early intervention and multidisciplinary approach, an excellent outcome is possible.
Back in April I wrote a post about my hopes for my elective c-section and I would love to share with you how it went…
At 7.30am on the 1st June I walked into the maternity unit of my local hospital feeling calm but excited that I would soon be meeting my second child. My pre op the day before was very positive and the anaesthetist and obstetrician I spoke to were both very supportive of me having a gentle birth despite it being in theatre.