The Key is to Know what You’re Looking for
The key to finding the most popular offline pregnancy support organizations is to know what you are looking for. There are support groups for any and all things pregnancy: dealing with pregnancy loss, pregnancy depression and pregnancy sickness are just a few examples. Pregnancy can be a stressful, challenging time for anyone. Changes in hormone levels, facing the unknown and fears about how life will change can make this time incredibly overwhelming. Many women also experience a sense of guilt at feeling this way simply because this is supposed to be a beautiful time in their life.
It’s important, however, to get the support that you need simply because it is such a stressful time in your life. And because postpartum depression can be especially detrimental to both mom and baby, getting help in dealing with these feelings early on will help prevent them from spiraling out of control later.
Knowing where to find these support groups is key; start with your local options first. Check in with your religious leaders, doctor, community organizations or even friends. They may be familiar with local resources and can direct you appropriately. Even your local hospital may offer support groups for a wide variety of different topics.
Do a quick Internet search for the name of your town or city and “local pregnancy support organizations” and it should pull up a list of local support groups. You can also check the website www.pregnancyandchildren.com for a directory of support groups by state.
Parents of multiples face a unique set of challenges and pregnancy complications. Check out the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. for a list of local clubs and support organizations specifically geared to parents of multiples.