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What To Do If You’re Depressed While Pregnant

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What To Do If You’re Depressed While Pregnant

Pregnancy is often described as a joyous time in a woman’s life, where feeling of happiness mostly outnumber any negative feelings.

Unfortunately, similar to any other time in your life, depression can appear as a result of drastic life changes in your body and life. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that between 14-23% of pregnant women will struggle with some depressive symptoms.

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Being depressed while pregnant is not something that is commonly talked about, but it is crucial for women to know that there are numerous resources that they can access to help relieve the pain.

Remember: you are not alone.
It is important to go to a mental health professional if you suspect you are suffering from depression during your pregnancy.

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Here are a few things that can help you cope with this illness:

Know the difference between moodiness and depression

It is important to recognize the difference between common mood swings that come from changing hormones in your body and suffering from clinical depression. If you are having trouble enjoying anything, having trouble sleeping and/or having trouble getting out of bed, having feelings of worthlessness or seem on edge all the time you may be suffering from depression. Pregnancy can cause you to feel extra fatigued and emotional, but if it seems to last all the time it is possible that depression is the culprit.

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Do not use natural remedies if you are suffering from depression while pregnant

Natural remedies like St. John’s Wort that are known for naturally treating depression should not be taken by pregnant women. The safety of using remedies like these when pregnant are unknown and as such they are not a good alternative. Solutions like psychotherapy, and certain antidepressant medications that have been proven to be safe to consume during pregnancy are superior options.

Try different therapies

If talk therapy does not seem to be helping, there are other types of therapy that might be more effective. Light therapy, for example, has been shown to be a great alternative to more traditional methods.

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Seek a support group

There are always a variety of support groups for depression available, no matter where you live. If you can, try to find a prenatal depression group that you can attend at least once a week. Look into local hospitals or clinics for these support groups or ask your therapist if they can point you to the appropriate support group. Junior colleges and adult learning centers often offer these types of groups also.

Ask your spouse for extra help

Do not feel ashamed for asking your spouse/partner/loved one for extra help, whether it is with chores around the house or just having someone to talk to. It is important that you are honest with your partner and do not feel guilty for not being able to do certain things. Carrying a baby is no small feat and it is important to find extra support when needed.

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Take extra care of yourself

Along with medical help, make sure to take extra care of yourself at home, as well, if you are suffering from depression while pregnant. Take long, frequent baths with lavender-infused oils, and eat healthy, wholesome meals. It might be tempting to give into pregnancy cravings with a donuts or a bag of potato chips, but this is a quick fix that will only contribute to an unstable mood in the long-run. Consider signing up for a prenatal yoga class at your local gym; that will guarantee to get your body moving and put your mind at ease. For more mindfulness, try downloading an app like Calm; it will allow you to take a few minutes to regroup anywhere, anytime.

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

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How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

Children are most likely to say that they want to just lounge around or rest for a while after spending hours listening to lecture after lecture from their teachers. There is nothing wrong with this if they had a rough day.

What’s disturbing, is if they deliberately stay away from schoolwork or procrastinate when it comes to reviewing for their tests or completing an important science project.

When it seems that it is becoming a habit for your child to put off school work, it’s time for you to step in and help your child develop good study habits to get better grades. It is important for you to emphasize to your child the importance of setting priorities early in life. Don’t wait for them to flunk their tests, or worse, fail in their subjects before you talk to them about it.

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You can help your children hurdle their tests with these 7 tips:

1. Help them set targets

Ask your child what they want to achieve for that particular school year. Tell them to set a specific goal or target. If they say, “I want to get better grades,” tell them to be more specific. It will be better if they say they want to get a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Having a definite target will make it easier for them to undertake a series of actions to achieve their goals, instead of just “shooting for the moon.”

2. Preparation is key

At the start of the school year, teachers provide an outline of a subject’s scope along with a reading list and other course requirements. Make sure that your child has all the materials they need for these course requirements. Having these materials on hand will make sure that your child will have no reason to procrastinate and give them the opportunity to study in advance.

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3. Teach them to mark important dates

You may opt to give them a small notebook where they can jot down important dates or a planner that has dates where they can list their schedule. Ask them to show this to you so you can give them “gentle reminders” to block off the whole week before the dates of an exam. During this week, advise your child to not schedule any social activity so they can concentrate on studying.

4. Schedule regular study time

Encourage your child to set aside at least two hours every day to go through their lessons. This will help them remember the lectures for the day and understand the concepts they were taught. They should be encouraged to spend more time on subjects or concepts that they do not understand.

5. Get help

Some kids find it hard to digest or absorb mathematical or scientific concepts. Ask your child if they are having difficulties with their subjects and if they would like to seek the help of a tutor. There is nothing wrong in asking for the assistance of a tutor who can explain complex subjects.

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6. Schedule some “downtime”

Your child needs to relax from time to time. During his break, you can consider bringing your child to the nearest mall or grocery store and get them a treat. You may play board games with them during their downtime. The idea is to take his mind off studying for a limited period of time.

7. Reward your child

If your child achieves their goals for the school year, you may give them a reward such as buying them the gadget they have always wanted or allowing them to vacation wherever they want. By doing this, you are telling your child that hard work does pay off.

Conclusion

You need to take the time to monitor your child’s performance in school. Your guidance is essential to helping your child realize the need to prioritize their school activities. As a parent, your ultimate goal is to expose your child to habits that will lay down the groundwork for their future success.

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