Taking care of your mental health during pregnancy

With all that’s happening, mental health and emotional wellness can feel a little unsure during pregnancy. It’s also for exactly these reasons that taking a little extra care for mental and emotional well-being is so important during this time.

The term “mental health” can feel like a scary way to start to think about moods and emotions, but moods and emotions can have a huge impact on overall wellness.

Emotional wellness

A focus on emotional wellness can begin at any time, and can help people who are never diagnosed with mental health conditions. You can focus on emotional wellness by taking time to notice patterns in your feelings and by figuring out positive ways to talk about your emotions. It can also help to talk to a doctor about patterns you notice, and positive ways to cope with them.

Mental health conditions during pregnancy

On top of the normal stresses and concerns that come with pregnancy, there are specific mental health concerns that can go with pregnancy. These include peripartum depression (depression during or after pregnancy) and related concerns like peripartum anxiety and the much rarer peripartum psychosis. These are medical issues which should be treated for the health of both mom and baby.

Another concern is the safety of medication during pregnancy. All medication decisions during pregnancy should go through a healthcare provider, but there are a few general truths about mental health medication during pregnancy. First, while there are a few mental health medications that are considered somewhat risky during pregnancy, they’re generally not prescribed. Second, if a medication is prescribed, it’s because a healthcare provider has decided that the benefits of treatment outweigh the risk to mom and baby.

How can I take care of my mental health?

The best thing you can do is to listen to your body. Everybody feels sad now and then, but if your emotions are disrupting your life, it’s a good idea to seek help. 

Walmart’s partnership with Doctor on Demand gives you access to a personal online doctor. The personal online doctor can help you manage mental health conditions, refer you to virtual specialists on the Doctor on Demand platform, or help you find the local, in-network doctor who’s right for you.

To get started, just visit DoctorOnDemand.com/WalmartCare, or download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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