The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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More than half of women experience feelings of anxiety or depression during pregnancy, according to an online poll done by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. If you’re grappling with one of these emotions, tell someone so you can get the help you need, whether it’s a supportive hug or medical assistance.
Together with your partner, determine when you’re going to share the happy news with your family, friends and coworkers. “There’s less of a chance of pregnancy loss after a heartbeat is seen on the ultrasound, so that’s when some people feel comfortable telling others,” says Afriyie-Gray. But it’s a personal decision, so make sure that you’re both on the same page.
When you’re dealing with so many changes in your body, your dental health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But the state of your gums and teeth can affect your baby’s wellbeing. “Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, which increases the risk of preterm contractions,” explains Afriyie-Gray. So don’t forget to brush and floss, and schedule those dental checkups.
It’s all too easy to get caught up with the details. But don’t forget to step back to relax and enjoy your pregnancy. “It’s such a special time in a woman’s life,” says Afriyie-Gray. So pamper yourself and put your pregnancy first!