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  • Are you emotionally ready for a baby? - If you're uncertain about having children or adding another child to your family, there are some questions you can ask yourself and things you can do to clarify your feelings or prepare yourself for a growing family.
  • Be alert for baby blues and depression. Almost every woman experiences the baby blues in the first weeks after birth. A few women have depression that last longer than that or deepens into an incapacitating problem. It is important to seek advice and help in the early stages of depression. Admitting to feeling sad or overwhelmed doesn’t mean you are not a good mother.
  • Don't let stress drag you down - Stress is the bane of many working women's lives. Even if you enjoy your work, have a supportive family and are enjoying a trouble-free pregnancy, the sheer number of things you may be expected to do in a day can make low-level stress a constant companion.
  • Don't let worry spoil your pregnancy. It's normal for pregnant women to be worried. Having a baby is a life-altering event. It is also a unique and special time. Seek help from friends and family to help alleviate the worry so you can enjoy this first stage of motherhood.
  • Dressing for success while you're pregnant - Is yours a jeans-and-work-shirt kind of job, or is a tailored suit more your style?
  • Emotional you: Dreams - Many pregnant women enter a strange wonderland at night in their dreams. After all, pregnancy is a huge event in a woman's life.
  • Prenatal massage may help with emotional health, body aches, or swelling of feet and hands. Washington Hospital’s Wellness Center may soon be once again offering prenatal massage
  • Keeping a journal during this time may help express your emotions and offer a creative outlet.
  • Mood swings? They are common. You may find yourself weeping over sentimental advertisements, or finding humor in unexpected places.
  • Understanding and coping with early pregnancy loss - Pregnancy loss (miscarriage) in the first trimester is not uncommon. Watch for signs of trouble, such as spotting, bleeding and cramping, so that you can get help quickly if necessary.
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