Posts Tagged ‘anxious’

After you deliver: Do you know what to expect?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

mother-and-newbornIf you’re pregnant, you’ve probably thinking a lot about your delivery. What will it feel like? How bad will the pain be? Will the baby be healthy?

But have you talked with your health provider about your own health after the baby has arrived? What can you expect during the postpartum period?

In a recent study, researchers surveyed 724 women 2 weeks after they had delivered a baby. Many of these women said they felt unprepared for postpartum health issues. For instance, fewer than half were prepared to expect breastfeeding problems, hair loss, hemorrhoids, mood swings, and anxiety. Not all women have these problems, but they are fairly common.

So next time you see your provider, take a few moments to talk about the postpartum period. The March of Dimes has several articles and videos that can help.

The new study of postpartum women appears in the February issue of the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Making the best of bedrest

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

knit-scarvesSometimes a health provider tells a pregnant women to stay in bed because she is having spotting, early contractions or other signs of preterm labor.

Both mom and the provider want to do everything they can to help get the baby to term.

But let’s face it, bedrest can be BORING! Women knit, catch up on their reading, watch a lot of TV, or visit online communities like Share Your Story from the March of Dimes and Sidelines.

Some women get very anxious when they’re on bedrest. They worry about everything they feel in their bodies. And with so much time on their hands, their thoughts race.

A small new study has found that music may relieve anxiety. In the study, women on bedrest chose from a selection of slow, soothing music provided by the researchers. Anxiety levels in women who received “music therapy” decreased.

This study reminds us that sometimes medical research confirms what we already suspect. So if you are on bedrest or if you know someone who is, play some restful slow music. It might help.

The bad economy: How it affects your emotional health

Monday, April 13th, 2009

piggy-bank-smHave you been laid off from your job? Or do you know someone who has? Have you watched your savings dwindle as the stock market tanked? Are you having trouble making your mortgage payments? Are you worried how you and your children will pay college costs?

This recession has hit hard. So many of us feel stressed, and it’s been going on for months and months now.

In economic hard times, people are more likely to:
* Feel depressed
* Feel anxious
* Overeat
* Drink too much
* Abuse drugs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has produced an online guide to help people deal with emotional and other health problems associated with economic hard times. So take a look. I’m going to.

And if you’re pregnant, read the March of Dimes article or watch our video on managing stress during pregnancy.