Thu, 20 Jun 2024 Article

From Stigma to Support: Breaking Down Barriers for Expectant Mothers

By Nana Ama Asantewaa
From Stigma to Support: Breaking Down Barriers for Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy can be a vulnerable and challenging time for women, both physically and emotionally. In addition to hormonal changes causing emotional fluctuations, mood swings, bloating, and breast tenderness, pregnant women often experience cramping, pelvic pain, back pain, fatigue, exhaustion, and decreased strength.

Some may even require bed rest for the entire nine months.

This is when they need the support of their entire community.

Husbands, it's crucial to support and care for your wives during this time. Be patient, understanding, and helpful. Encourage and celebrate them as they work to bring new life into the world.

In-laws, refrain from labeling pregnant women as "lazy" or "dirty." Such hurtful words can lead to feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, and even contribute to divorce. Instead, offer love, support, and understanding.

Society should recognize that pregnancy is a remarkable journey, but it can also be overwhelming.

Let's create a supportive environment for expectant mothers, fostering love, care, and encouragement.

Together, we can positively impact their well-being and strengthen family bonds.

By Nana Ama Asantewaa Kwarko, Freelancer.

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