Most of us think about a happy expectant mother when we talk about pregnancy. However, that is not always the case. There are some couples who are struggling starting a family. Then there are single mothers-to-be who have to face going through pregnancy and child birth on their own.
Even if you are expecting a normal pregnancy, you could still encounter some challenges and may not know what to do. For these situations and others, prenatal and pregnancy counselling in Toronto can help.
Common Prenatal and Pregnancy Issues
Pregnancy involves nine months of changes to a woman’s body. For expectant fathers, these changes can present certain challenges and wanting to provide help and support for their loved ones.
While the pregnancy may be proceeding as planned, it is not unheard of to have physical, emotional or mental concerns about your relationship with you loved one or the baby. Couples can also experience an increase in anxiety and stress as they prepare for the arrival of the new baby.
They could even have concerns about what will happen after birth. How will the baby impact their lives? Which parent is going to stay home and which one is going to work? How can the couple find a trustworthy person to watch their new baby so both parents can work?
For single mothers, the stress and anxiety of having a baby is even greater. They can be worried about how are they going to be able to financially support their new baby on a single income. Then they have to figure out how they are going to work and still take care of the baby.
For couples struggling to conceive, they have their own concerns and issues. What if they can never conceive? Should they try special fertilization methods? What other options could they explore to start a family?
Emotional issues can also arise during pregnancy. Some women may have had prior issues that resurface after they become pregnant. They could also have negative feelings about the pregnancy, body image issues, mood swings, and fears about the future.
Prenatal and pregnancy counselling helps address these issues and concerns, as well as others you or your loved one may have.
Post-Partum Counselling Issues
Even after the birth of a baby, both women and men can deal with various post-partum issues. The mother might feel sad or depressed, even though she knows she should be happy about her new child. The father can be upset, angry, or feel the stress that the new baby is placing on his relationship.
Adjusting to life with a new baby has just as many challenges for new parents, as the issues, they faced during the pregnancy. Continuing counselling sessions after the birth of a baby can help provide the guidance and support new parents need.