In contemporary Western societies pregnancy is considered delightful, and all women are understood to be joyfully happy and at ease with their dreams of motherhood ultimately being realised. Nevertheless, while this picturesque interpretation exists, the reality remains that, no matter how skilled and supported the woman is, the process is draining and exceptionally stressful. Considering this, it is hardly shocking that it can lead the most proud-to-be mums into bouts of depression.

As a woman, to have your body transformed beyond her control is understandably complicated. While Hollywood mums may maintain that they have never felt more beautiful, it is harder for us mere mortals to come to terms with the transformation in life not to mention the waiste line. Personal image may appear vain, but remains a large factor in a positive and healthy out look in life. For numerous woman this is a huge barrier, even without the buddle of baby lump stretching your blouse. Loss of control of your body can feel like a loss of control over life and the important relationships in it. While all these feelings are valid and for some become a vague memory, for others an on going hardship which call for attention.

To be assured and proud of your new body is great, particularly as the weight gain is an inevitable part of pregnancy. Of course, on the contrary, women frequently feel embarrassed by the way they look, not being able to fit in to that fabulous black top anymore is more distressing than you would think! But to combat some of these complications many woman have suggested simple steps to deal with these problems like shopping. It sounds like a horrible cliche, but to come across fitting and fashionable clothes when you have been getting by in stretch pants can do amazing things for your self esteem. There is a swiftly growing need for prenatal clothing which looks great and is practical (that's one thing we can thank Hollywood mums for) and requires to little effort to track down one at your local shopping complex.

Other external remedies that have been suggested is a new make-up or make-over in a store or an appointment at the nice hair dresser round the corner. This continuation of participating in activities which were constructive before pregnancy can help maintain the new mum feeling isolated from her pre-baby life but rather ease into a new stage.

A partner's, family and friends support is very important, however even with all that it merely can create a sense of confusion. "I have a perfect husband and he is so excited about the baby, but I am not," she is also not alone. If talking with friends and trying positive activities is still not making a difference than additional help should be sort. If a local counsellor, or a support group for pregnant woman enabling the individual to chat about physical and psychological problems with woman going through the same changes. Even exercise classes such as yoga and aqua aerobics purposely catering for pregnant woman which provide a social level of normality and relatable woman. Local G.P.s should be able to provide many of these contacts.

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