How will pregnancy affect my life?

Pregnancy is perceived by many women as a critical and stressful time, even if it was requested by her, her partner and her family. If you You wonder how pregnancy will affect your life, you should know that pregnancy and expecting a baby means readjusting to many relevant changes. For example regarding the own identity, the role in front of oneself and societyFamily and work organization.

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Changes to adapt to when you become pregnant

This Changes required in pregnant womenand in your partner, albeit to a lesser extent, great adjustments. On the one hand physical changes, for example in lifestyle; on the other hand, psychologically, such as changes in sexual activity; and also socially, for example the new role as a mother compared to her family of origin.

In addition, the pregnant woman must assume possible uncertaintiesendocrine changes related to the body or the very psychological organization of these changes.

For everything that has been pointed out so far, it is explained that pregnancy is a critical phase of pregnancy greater susceptibility to the occurrence of psychopathological disorders.

There is literature that states that up to 40% of pregnant women experience emotional changes during the gestational puerperal process.

Sometimes these imbalances can be considered clinically relevant, particularly those related to anxiety and depression.

The appearance of Emotional disorders can be explained by both psychological and sociocultural factorsand that affect the life of the future mother and her partner.

Currently there are still archaic fears about the health of the woman and her future child during pregnancy, especially in connection with the the future ability of the mother to care for the baby. These relate to social and psychological meanings associated with motherhood.

It usually happens during pregnancy that the couple idealizes the future baby and has unrealistic expectations of him. It is quite common that by the time the baby is born, these expectations will not be met and will become more realistic, with much less positive reinforcement than expected.

Causes of implementation problems

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It is also noteworthy that in some women unwanted changes in their professional and social roles, as a result of pregnancy. Which amplifies your mental health problems during pregnancy.

In refers to the partner of the pregnant womantend to express their anxiety in general by adopting one of two positions: on the one hand, rejection of the physical changes they have undergone and, on the other hand, an excessive fear of it.

These women who have become pregnant thanks to assisted reproduction techniques, usually have traits that make them even more vulnerable to the emotional consequences of pregnancy. One of those traits is Older age, around 40 years, when more pregnancy and childbirth problems occur and optimal development of the child. Another reason that makes this group of women more vulnerable is that there are more opportunities for twin or multiple pregnancies in reproductive treatments. In addition, for many women, the fact that they have had previous infertility problems influences their confirmation of the image they have as a woman as complete and fulfilled. Many of them tend to feel different, inferior and guilty than those who don’t have this problem.

When a woman becomes pregnant, understanding her requires considering the biological and physical changes she is going through, as well as the other factors affecting the mother, her partner, the child, and her environment.

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Mary is health psychologist. She specializes in research and treatment in psychopathology and mental health. He has completed two official Masters at the University of Valencia (UV).

Since 2015 he has been working with the association ASPROIN, which focuses on people with infertility problems where does individual and couple psychological support. She also creates posts on her blog that provide high-quality scientific evidence on fertility.

Since 2014 he has been working as Teacher in various workshops to improve mental wellbeing, and the use of instruments for better capacity development. Recently she has worked as a community mediator on issues of Socio-cultural integration of migrant women.

He is currently collaborating on our website to review and write content on psychology and infertility.

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  1. Reading your article helped me a lot and I agree with you. But I still have some doubts, can you clarify for me? I’ll keep an eye out for your answers.

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