The process of becoming a mother involves a certain amount of psychological strain for a pregnant woman. In fact, for some women, childbirth can be as traumatic as life-threatening events such as a natural disaster or a war. During pregnancy, it is important for the to-be mother’s family members and close ones to support her as required.
During childbirth, women are likely to experience a range of emotions, which may include:
- Anxiety and fear that can manifest as intense flashbacks and nightmares
- Helplessness or a feeling of loss of control or feeling incomplete
- Severe depression
- Anger, irritability
- Obsessive talking about their traumatic experiences
- Ambivalent feelings toward the baby
- Hyper-vigilance and hyper-sensitivity to any perceived injustice
- Other symptoms such as drug and alcohol abuse, phobias, fainting spells, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies
- It should be noted that such responses are natural reactions to a scary event, and are not signs of weakness. However, husbands can provide the necessary support to enable their spouses to cope with birth trauma.
During and before childbirth