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Health for Mom and Baby: The Benefits of Prioritizing Whole Person Health Throughout Pregnancy

Pregnancy marks a significant milestone in a person’s life, whether it’s their first or one of several. During this time, pregnant mothers can experience a whirlwind of emotions – excitement, anticipation and even anxiety or fear. Despite feeling excited about this new journey, hormonal shifts, physical changes, and the weight of impending parenthood can take a toll on a pregnant mother’s mental health.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapy technique that helps individuals recognize and reframe negative thought patterns and can be incredibly helpful for those experiencing stress or anxiety. Access to this type of quality therapy during pregnancy is beneficial for promoting overall well-being throughout this transformative journey.

The Unseen Burdens

Every pregnancy is different, and not every pregnancy goes precisely as planned. Unexpected complications in the health of the mother or baby, relationship strains, and concerns about the baby’s health can create a heavy emotional load. A therapist provides a comfortable, safe place for a pregnant mother to discuss emotions and feelings, talk through concerns, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Talking through worries or feelings with a therapist can help ease the mother’s stress and help the family develop a plan for the new baby’s arrival.

Prioritizing Whole Person Health Throughout Pregnancy

Incorporating therapy into prenatal care acknowledges that mental health is just as important as physical health throughout pregnancy. It sets the stage for a healthier postpartum transition and lays the groundwork for a strong bond between mother and baby. Seeking therapy is a proactive step towards prioritizing whole person health throughout this pivotal life chapter.

Benefits for Mom

Reduced Anxiety and Depression: Therapy equips women with tools to identify unhelpful thought patterns and replace them with more realistic and positive ones.

Improved Coping Skills: Therapy provides practical strategies for managing stress and challenges that may be present during pregnancy. These strategies may include relaxation techniques, recognizing internal dialogue, or communication skills for navigating difficult conversations.

Enhanced Emotional Well-being: Therapy can help strengthen confidence during a time of significant physical and emotional change. It can also help empower women to care for their mental health and well-being.

Benefits for Baby

Improved Maternal-Infant Bonding: When a mother’s mental health is at its best, she’s better equipped to form a strong bond with her child. This nurturing environment is crucial for the baby’s emotional and social development.

Reduced Risk of Postpartum Depression: Research suggests that effectively managing mental health struggles during pregnancy can lower the risk of developing postpartum depression. This translates to a smoother transition for both mother and baby.

Prioritizing mental health, not just physical health, during pregnancy is critical for ensuring the health of mom and baby. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield members can access quality Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) throughout pregnancy and beyond.

Members can call the number on the back of your insurance card or sign in to Blueprint Portal,, to access maternity programs and benefits available on your health plan.

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