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Counselling sessions for first time mothers

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Having a baby for the first time is an exciting experience. I remember how exciting it was for me over 5 years ago while I was pregnant with the Kiddies. Like most first time mothers to be, it is an experience I can never forget. Having said, the whole pregnancy process is brand new so there is always a bit of anxiety for most new mothers. And for some other mothers to be, the whole period of pregnancy, the thought of child-birth and life after can be pretty scary.

Pregnancy can be so scary for pregnant women, and the fear can even cause problems in your relationship with your spouse/partner, because it may feel hard to describe your feelings. These issues can even cause couples to drift apart, which usually leads to other family issues. Which is why I believe every first time mother should be offered at least one counselling session while pregnant.

 

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First time mothers to be should have counselling sessions

I believe every first time mother to be should be offered some counselling sessions. These counselling sessions should be carried out by a qualified therapist. The sessions can be incorporated with the ante natal classes. I think pregnant women will really benefit from some form of counselling to prepare them for motherhood and the life and body changes that come with it.

There are so many side effects of pregnancy and child-birth no one really talks about. The pregnancy books try to explain them but nothing really prepares you. I read so many pregnancy books, but I remember how shocked I was when I looked at my stomach for the first time after delivery. It didn’t look like mine. It was flappy and looked deflated. So having someone to answer your questions and shed light on issues you may be facing would be a life saver for many mothers to be.

 

Hormones can trigger a mental health issue

Many pregnant women have no idea how the strain of pregnancy will affect their body, mental and physical health. The pregnancy hormones can make women feel more anxious and ‘low’. Some pregnant women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth, which is referred to as the ‘perinatal period’. Here are some examples of perinatal mental health illness –

  • Perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Antenatal depression
  • Postnatal depression
  • Anxiety
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Tokophobia (extreme fear of childbirth)
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

 

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I wish I had the opportunity to speak with to a licensed counsellor about my mental health while pregnant for the first time. Being able to speak with a therapist would have answered many of questions and put my mind at rest. And I know many women feel the exact same way. Having that safe place to pour out your mind and speak about what ever issues or feelings you might be having would make the whole pregnancy process a lot easier for many.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think first time mothers to be should have counselling sessions? Please share in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by.

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Top 6 Interior Design Trends for Winter

It’s just like yesterday when we were basking in the sun and enjoying the summer. Now winter is just round the corner and we’re starting to miss the warmth. If you’re like me, this is the time I give my home a facelift.

This winter, there are some popular trends in interior design that are worth giving a try. The good news is that it’s super easy to adopt these winter trends in your own home.

 

 

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Here are top 6 interior design trends for winter.

 

  1. Warmer colours

Interior designers use the power of colours to change the overall mood of a room. This may seem like a very simple trick but it’s extremely effective. Colours have a way of introducing a new vibe in the room.

Summer is associated with warm colours. Incorporating such colours in your interior décor can give your home the needed cheery summery feel.

Opt for warmer tones like red, orange, and plum. A simple lick of paint with those warm tones can do wonders to your home. To switch things up a bit, you can get furniture or decorative items in those colours to give the room the needed warmth of summer.

 

  1. Floral details

Another interior design trend that promises to be a big hit this winter is floral details. Large floral prints in deeper shades are a favourite this season. Combining throw pillows and curtains with such patterns and shades preserves the summer vibe into your home despite the cold of winter.

 

  1. Metallic touch

Without a doubt there has been a predominance of metallic finishes in interior design this season and this winter will not be an exception. The metallic touch gives your home a modern feel. But to incorporate the warmth that is predominant in this season’s interior designs you can add metals of gold, bronze and rose gold tones. Such metals can be seen on decorative items.

 

  1. Luxurious velvet

It’s interesting to know how far velvet has come in being one of the most desired fabrics in interior décor. Often associated with wealth, class and luxury, velvet is one trend that you’ll see this winter.

Aside from its luxurious air, velvet gives the impression of warmth and coziness that is deeply desired during the winter months. Adding some velvet to your room will usher in that strong presence of warmth. You can incorporate velvet in so many ways like having a couple of velvet cushions or furniture with velvet upholstery.

 

  1. Mix of texture

This winter there a mix of textures that will be the order of the day in interior décor. A variety of textures like embroidery, knits and tassels will show up in cushions, curtains and carpets, while intricate wooden designs will feature in home accessories.  This mash of textures will create that cozy feel perfect for the winter. To create this vibe, play around with textures.

 

  1. Crystalline appeal

With winter comes a gloom but that doesn’t mean that your home should be that way. Hence, this winter there’ll be a lot of glass and crystalline items in interior designs. The glass brings the light that will brighten your home and give it cheer as well as keep it very modern.

You can incorporate glass and crystal pieces to your home with hand-blown glass lampshades and other glass fittings and accessories.

 

What interior design trends are you excited about this winter?

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