Depression and anxiety are biochemical conditions, so you may not be able to avoid them altogether if you're prone to them. But taking care of yourself emotionally can help ease your symptoms and keep your spirits up.
- Take it easy. Resist the urge to pack in as many chores as you can before the baby comes. You may think you need to set up the nursery, clean the house, or work as much as you can before you go on maternity leave, but you don't. Pencil yourself in at the top of your to-do list. You won't have as much time for yourself once the baby's around. Read a book, have breakfast in bed, or go for a nice long walk around the neighborhood. Choose something that makes you feel good. Taking care of yourself is an essential part of taking care of your baby.
- Bond with your partner. Make sure you're spending plenty of time with your partner and nurturing your relationship. Take a vacation now if you can. Do what you can to strengthen your connection so that once the baby comes, you'll have that bond to rely on.
- Talk it out. Air out your fears and worries about the future with your partner, friends, and family.
- Manage your stress. Don't let frustration build up in your life. Find ways to take care of yourself emotionally. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, get some exercise, and eat well. If you find anxiety creeping in, try taking a pregnancy yoga class or practicing meditation.