Risk factors versus the wellbeing of pregnant women

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Today, at Best Doctors Blog we are analysing the importance of health during what is a special time for women – their pregnancy. It is a period in which there are significant changes in a woman’s life: physical, hormonal and dietary, which can cause a considerable deterioration in the mother’s future health.

It does not come as a surprise that the probability of a woman suffering from depression increases just as much during pregnancy, as after it (the well-known postnatal depression). Postpartum depression may occur as a direct result of hormonal changes, the effects of stress, physical changes experienced by pregnant women or even due to some environmental factors.

What factors can give rise to health problems?

According to a number of studies and specialists, the conclusion that can be made is that there are numerous factors that can affect this deterioration of health. Some of the main causes of these problems are the following:

  • Weight gain and physical changes
  • Eating problems
  • Lack of physical exercise

Although, as stated by the experts, we must also take into account other risk factors when analysing episodes of mood swings in pregnant women.

–       Unwanted pregnancies: in this case, the fact that the situation is not expected can greatly affect the mental state of patients.

–       Stressful events arising from changes in the day-to-day life during the course of the pregnancy.

–       Previous episodes of depression or low mood: the patient’s medical history is definitely an indicator of higher propensity to these types of problems.

–       Lack of social support, which may lead to the patient feeling lonely and abandoned.

–       Smoking: according to various studies, female smokers show signs of mood problems as a result of giving up smoking altogether or cutting down.

–       Domestic violence: one of the most critical factors that can affect the mood of a pregnant woman. It is a serious and dramatic situation that is made even tougher and more incomprehensible when the baby’s life is put in jeopardy.

Nutritional deficiencies that undermine our health

As far as possible nutritional deficiencies are concerned, we must focus on the following micronutrients, which, if are not present in the diet, may promote the development of depressive states:

–       Folic Acid
–       Iron
–       Zinc
–       Vitamin D

In addition, the absence of essential fatty acids (such as arachidonic or calendic) can have a negative effect on your health. These acids play an essential role in making us feel good, as our body can only get them from our diet.

At Best Doctors we want to raise awareness in pregnant women and their nearest and dearest about the importance of monitoring these risk factors in order to be able to enjoy good physical and mental health during these important months of pregnancy. The truth is that nobody can take better care of our health than we can.

 

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