The most common concerns and quesitons of expats expecting:
What happens if I give birth overseas?
Where should I ask for help?
How will I handle the language barrier?
What are the traditions of giving birth in this country?
How can I cover unforeseen costs?
What should I bring with me?
My parents are far away, is there anyone to share my concerns?
Will my partner help me? The importance of a consultation before and after childbirth
For women living abroad, far away from family and friends, the physical, physiological and psychological effects of pregnancy can be even more difficult to cope with - whether its sleeping disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, sadness or distress. You may feel depressed or lonely or doubt yourself (will I be able to handle all this?) or even lose your sense of identity (who I am?). You may also feel vulnerable and low in confidence once the baby is born; you may question your capacity to take care of it. You may be worried about its crying or feeding and sleeping patterns. A consultation with a psychologist is crucial to understand what's going on and help build the bond between mother and baby.Get the right answers when you need them.
I imagine that is how you feel when you are looking for answers in pregnancy. Sure, it is easy to hop on to Google and look it up, but imagine if you could send an email to your psychologist that you know, like and trust and get the right answer immediately? You'll get the full support; your stress level will be cut down and you will get tools and techniques on how to get concentrated on self-care. Contact me if you:
It's important to be honest with me about how you feel. I will never criticize you and will help you get the support you need.
- feel low or anxious
- lose interest in things you normally like
- have panic attacks
- feel worthless or guilty
- lose your appetite
- have unpleasant thoughts that keep coming back and you can't control them
- find yourself repeating an action (like washing, checking, counting) to feel better
- feel severely depressed or extremely energetic and talkative
- you are so afraid of giving birth that you don't want to go through with it