Pregnancy can be a difficult and stressful time. It is important for women to seek help during this 9 month period. Even for the most fiercely independent woman, it can be hard to go through every stage of pregnancy alone. It is important to have someone to go through the experience with, even if just for emotional support. Here are just some of the many methods that can be used to enlist help during pregnancy.
- Family- It might be an obvious point, but nonetheless many women seem to forget that their mothers were once – pregnant women. If you have female family members you can talk to, you can always go to them with questions about your pregnancy. On the other hand, male family members might not be as informed about the medical sides of pregnancies and the experience of giving birth.
- Community- There are many communities and communications programs which help pregnant women deal with their pregnancy. Many NGO-s, non-for-profits or community organizations are there for you if you need any help or if you have any questions about prenatal and postnatal care. The simplest way to get to these organizations is to do a quick Internet search and locate their websites and contact them.
- Doctors- If you need help with your pregnancy or have some questions, you can always talk to your doctor. Family doctors are equipped with a lot of knowledge on how to take care of yourself during pregnancy, as well as how to care for your baby when it comes, and of course, everything in between. They are also no strangers to communication. A good option also is to contact your midwife – midwives have a lot of experience with pregnancies and will have answers to every question you might have.
- Online- If you have a lot of questions and need support, but none of the options above are an option for you, there is always the online world. There are many forums which you can use to connect with other women who are going through the same thing you are, or have been there and can give you support and advice. Even searching #birthmom or #pregnancy hashtags on Instagram can be a good way to find other women who are documenting their own experiences every day. Whether you have a problematic pregnancy and really need some advice on how to handle it, or whether you just need a sympathetic ear to listen to your problems, there are so many people online that are not only willing but eager to help. Also, there is a lot of information on various websites where you can find out anything you need to know about your pregnancy and deal with any issue you might have.
Considering that bearing a child is one of the most difficult things a human being can do, it is no wonder that a lot of women need some type of help during their pregnancies. So if you are one of these women, now you know where to reach out if things get too confusing or too hard to handle alone.