There are tons of self-help books out there claiming to have the answer to eternal happiness and health – but all miss one of the most important points when it comes to having the healthiest pregnancy at all – happiness and health are intertwined so without one you cannot have the other. When it comes to having the healthiest pregnancy of all, maybe you need to start with a mental check-up and a course of relaxation and smiles.
Happiness is Healthiness and Healthiness is Happiness
Have you ever met a person forced into a terribly stressful situation, but they didn’t seem fazed by the curveballs life was throwing? These people don’t have some unlimited resource of patience, they are healthy and happy and the rest just falls into place.
Happiness and understanding how to control your emotional response to life’s changes, is extremely important to your pregnancy. Happy people tend to feel less stress. Stress is one of the causes of pregnancy complications and it can lead to negative effects on offspring for their entire lifetime.
Now, What About that Smile?
Smiling has been proven to boost mood and happy people have a better outlook on life. A better outlook on life could lead to improved exercise and eating habits – thus impacting overall health. See – smiling makes you happy and healthy at the same time.
Fighting the Depression Cloud
Not everyone feels like smiling all the time and suffering from depression can make it seem impossible to smile honestly from the heart. There are safe treatments for depression that women can use before, during and after pregnancy. It is especially important to seek help from a professional if you feel depressed most days of the week or if you feel you could be suffering from chronic depression.