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Moving from medicine-centric to holistic approach for more happier mothers

Pregnancy is the most beautiful experience in a woman’s life. The mother’s experiences and mental health during pregnancy and afterwards are important for both the mother and her child’s well-being. According to the experts, it is necessary to look after the mind and mental attitudes of moms at this time.

In modern times mental stress in pregnancy is inevitable, which is harmful to both the mother and infant. Happier mothers result in happier children. For this, we need to shift our focus from a medicine-centric to a holistic approach.

The appropriate kind of natural diet, which includes antioxidants and minerals, is essential for keeping mental and emotional balance.

Natural antioxidants found in plant-based materials, such as polyphenols, carotenoids, potassium, and vitamins E and C, raise serotonin levels, which are linked to feelings of happiness and serenity. It decreases the risk of miscarriage and asthma flare-ups.

Listening to music can help to relax one’s thoughts and improve mood, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can help with sleep quality and can also help with prenatal anxiety, depression, and stress throughout pregnancy.

Mental Health Professionals have opined any type of meditation can assist pregnant women, keep their stress levels down and their spirits high. It aids in the development of focus and consciousness, as well as the reduction of anxiety and negative emotions such as aggression, depression, tension, and anxiety. It also develops positive emotions such as happiness, thankfulness, and hope.

Yoga has a wide range of health benefits for expectant mothers. Morning sickness, painful leg cramps, swelling ankles, and constipation are all symptoms that can be alleviated by breathing deeply and relaxing mindfully. It relieves stress and anxiety, helps to regulate blood pressure, and thoroughly relaxes every cell in the body. It also calms and relaxes the mind, regulates body temperature, and improves oxygen supply, all of which contribute to the baby’s growth. Exercise aids in the maintenance of a healthy weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, making the pregnancy healthier and the journey less difficult.

Dear Women, when you find out you are pregnant or planning for a baby, the first thing that comes to mind is taking care of your health and of the little one growing inside you. So prioritise your health by adopting a balanced diet and healthy practices. After all, a healthy and happy woman is a lifeline of the family.

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SC PV Kamat

Preeti V Kamat, a young Postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnatak University, Dharwad utilises her considerable learned journalistic knowledge and inherent nose for news that matters to provide the media brands of the Spearhead Media group with a competitive edge. Her focus is on profiles and human-interest stories.

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