The entire childbearing year -- including pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum -- is a time of tremendous change, psychologically and physically
1. Take a look inside. The psychological task of pregnancy is giving birth to a new identity as mother and woman. Finding a way to mother that includes things you want for yourself can help resolve depression in pregnancy, yielding a happier mother postpartum. Ask yourself these questions: How prepared are you for motherhood? What kind of parent do you think you will be? What are you looking forward to?
2. Explore your family history. Mother-daughter relationships, relationships with siblings and your marital relationship will all play parts in your psychological preparation for becoming a mother. Sometimes, treatment of postpartum depression has been termed "getting the ghosts out of the nursery."This refers to past childhood pain, which must be understood so that it is less likely to be projected onto the your relationship with your own child. Postpartum depression is often preceded by depression in pregnancy, in anticipation of the factors underlying the changes to come.
Ask yourself these questions: What was/is your relationship like with your mother? How do you want to mother? Is this similar to the way you were mothered or different? What are your fears?