Motherhood - Are you ready?

There are so many emotional and physical changes that happen through the processes of conception, pregnancy, delivery, and finally motherhood. While medical conditions are in the domain of doctors and nurses, there is still a myriad of issues that may affect not only your wellbeing but also the wellness of your family. What are some ways that will prepare you for successful motherhood?

First and foremost, you need to realise your support. Someone to share the joy and the burden, whether that is your partner, family or friends. For many, joining a group of like-minded mothers-to-be is just as important. In Australia, we are very fortunate to have excellent public and private health care systems, as well as easy access to a wide range of allied health services.

Next, a practical and positive mindset. While the challenges through pregnancy, delivery and postpartum can be daunting, and you may feel lost amidst the confusing and sometimes conflicting advice, remember to keep in mind the final outcome is to achieve a healthy and safe pregnancy, birth and confinement. Do seek help from qualified and experienced health professionals who deal daily with your issues from years of training and working in a diverse patient setting.

All else, from nutritional to physical preparation, is equally important. Knowing to rest well, eat healthily and regular exercise are critically important. When you are doing well in all the three aspects, you are in balanced harmony. Even then, health issues can and do arise that disrupt this balance. Common problems such as bloating, reflux, constipation, pelvic and back pain have simple yet effective treatments. However recalcitrant problems may require treatment from allied health professionals in their field of practice. Needless to say medical conditions need medical professionals who are experts in their field of specialty.

How about birthing? Can one ever be ready? Understandably, the birthing process is fraught with risk. Kudos to our caring midwives and obstetricians whom we rely on to safely bring into the world our bundle of joy. While many happy tears are shed, some do need additional medical support. Whether it is vaginal or Caesarean birth, the processes our body is put through is amazing, so take time to recuperate by getting plenty of rest, eat well and bond with baby.

Last but not least, confinement, a time-honoured tradition across all cultures. In the good old days, as the grandmotherly midwives will tell you, confinement takes place for six weeks. Hospital stays were much longer. Over time, confinement has taken a back seat. Today, a new mum is barely lactating when she is sent home from the hospital. As the stressors of caring for a newborn may wither away your own wellness, remember to seek help and support from the people you trust, including health professionals, and always keep a practical and positive mindset.

This journey to motherhood is long and challenging, yet transforming and fulfilling. The progression from conception, pregnancy, delivery to confinement, will ultimately crown you with motherhood. On behalf of the entire Women Wellness team, we wish you a successful and safe journey to motherhood. If you need any assistance during and after your pregnancy, please do not hesitate to contact us for the help !

妳準備好當媽媽了嗎?

在備孕、懷孕、生產和做媽媽的過程中,各位準媽媽們會面臨很多情緒或身體上的變化和挑戰。雖然妳的醫生或護士可以照護妳的孕期產後健康,但妳可能還是會面臨其它問題,這些問題不儘會影響妳的個人健康,也會影響到妳的家庭和諧。妳做好迎接新生命的準備了嗎?

首先,妳需要知道誰能提供妳孕產過程中的支持和協助。妳需要有人和妳分享孕育新生命的快樂和喜悅,並一起承擔即將面臨的責任和負擔,這可以是妳的伴侶、家人或朋友。參加一些媽媽群也能有效的幫妳減輕一些對孕程和生產的擔憂和不安。在澳大利亞,我們非常幸運能擁有傑出的公、私立醫療系統,並且我們可以非常容易尋求各種諮詢治療師的協助,近而緩解身體的不適。

接下來我們需要有積極樂觀的心態來面對整個孕程。在妳的孕期中,生產或產後面臨的種種挑戰可能會讓妳覺得沮喪或氣餒,妳可能有時會覺的迷茫或在面對不同建議時感到不知所措,但請記得妳的最終目地是有一個健康快樂平安的孕產旅程,在妳需要協助時,謹記妳可以尋求接受多年正規訓練、有澳洲執照並擁有豐富臨床經驗的諮詢治療師協助。

除此之外,營養和身體的準備也是相當重要的。在孕期中,各位準媽媽記得要保持充份休息、健康飲食和定期運動。當妳達到這三項要求時,妳的孕產旅途可以更加順遂。然而,有些準媽媽可能會面臨到因個人因素而導致的健康失衡。雖然現在醫療進步,妳在懷孕過程中面臨的如漲氣、胃酸逆流、便秘、骨盆痛或腰痠背痛等身體不適都有簡單不錯的療法,但有些固疾則需要專業諮詢治療師運用他/她們的臨床經驗,針對妳的身體狀況來提供適合妳的治療方案。

另外,妳做好生產準備了嗎?生產過程中妳可能會面臨許多未知數和風險,當妳的婦產科醫生和助產士會竭盡全力協助妳平安順利的產下可愛寶寶時,有些新手媽媽在沉浸新生命降臨的同時也可能需要額外的醫療協助。無論是自然產或剖腹產的新手媽媽,在妳們生產的時候,身體經歷了很大的變化和挑戰,所以記得要在產後有充足的睡眠並保持均衡飲食,也要和妳的寶寶建立親密的母嬰關係。

最後,在許多國家裡,很多媽媽們在產後都有坐月子的習慣。從前 妳在生產後會待在醫院比較長的時間,妳的助產士會協助妳渡過六週的月子期,但隨著時光流逝,現在新手媽媽可能在奶汁稍為順暢的時候就必需出院回家。初為人母和照顧新生兒的壓力可能會影響妳產後的身體健康和恢復。此時,記得要適時尋求包含伴侶、家人、朋友或妳信任的醫生、治療師等人的協助並保持積極正面的態度。

做一個媽媽是一條漫長和充滿挑戰的旅程,過程中充滿變化和期望。準媽媽們從備孕、懷孕、生產到月子期的自身健康都會影響到妳未來做媽媽的旅途。小編僅代表『墨爾本孕產關愛中心』祝所有準媽媽有一個平安順遂的孕產旅程。如果妳在孕產過程中需要任何協助,請聯繫我們,我們希望能用我們的熱忱和專業提供準媽媽們孕產中所需的各種服務。