The Alternatives to Abortion Program offers services to help women carry their unborn child to term instead of having an abortion. This program also helps support women after making this choice by finding resources to help with caring for a child or by helping women learn more about adoption, if they choose.

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How Can I Prioritize My Mental Health During Pregnancy? 

Pregnancy is a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation. But this awe-inspiring journey is not solely a physical one; it is a profound mental and emotional experience too. Therefore, prioritizing mental health during pregnancy is not just a good idea—it is essential. Below are some simple steps to get you started. 

1. Recognize the Importance of Your Mental Health 

First, you may be curious as to what is meant when people say mental health.   

The Centers for Disease Control defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to contribute to his or her community.   

In other words, your mental health impacts every area of your life–from your physical health to making everyday and long-term decisions.  

According to the Mayo Clinic, mental health challenges during pregnancy are not uncommon and need attention and care. Acknowledging that these feelings can be a normal part of the pregnancy process and reminding yourself that your mental well-being is as crucial as your physical health is a great first step.  

2. Listen to Your Body and Mind 

Each pregnancy is unique, and each woman experiences it differently. Pay close attention to your body’s signals and emotional cues. If you’re feeling unusually anxious or down, don’t dismiss it. Experts recommend reaching out to a healthcare provider when such feelings arise as early intervention can make a substantial difference and provide you with the support you need.  

3. Communicate Openly 

Communication is key. Sharing your experiences and feelings with your partner, friends, or family can provide invaluable support. A study published by the National Institutes of Health found an important connection between social support and maternal mental health. 

If you would like to access free resources during your pregnancy or after childbirth, A2A will guide you to organizations and resources available in your area that can provide valuable assistance to you.  

4. Practice Self-Care 

Self-care is also an important part of maintaining strong mental health during pregnancy, this includes maintaining a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and plenty of sleep. Also taking time for enjoying your favorite activities can help you relax and enhance your overall mental health.  

5. Seek Professional Help if Needed 

If feelings of anxiety or depression become overwhelming, seek professional help. Mental health issues during pregnancy are common, and there is no shame in seeking assistance. This is another area where Missouri’s A2A can assist in connecting you with mental health professionals that will be able to assist you and provide the help and comfort you need. Read our post on : “How Should I Choose My Prenatal Care Provider?” .

Getting the Help You Need  

Having a strong network to support you is not just vital to your mental health but helps you have a successful and healthy pregnancy journey overall. 

The Missouri Department of Social Services is here for you and can assist you in areas such as: 

  • Medical & mental health care 
  • Food, clothing, & supplies  
  • Housing & utilities  
  • Transportation  
  • Child Care  
  • Education & short-term training  
  • Resume development & interview skills  
  • Finding a job 
  • Domestic abuse protection   

Read about our educational services for pregnant women.

Use the A2A location search to get the help and support you deserve. Read our post on “Why Is It Important to Consider Early Prenatal Care?“. Also, read our post on : “How Does the Adoption Assistance Process Work, and What Are the Eligibility Requirements? “.

Meet Our Network of Providers

Alliance for Life
Faith Maternity Care
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri
Laclede County Pregnancy Support Center
Nurses for Newborns
Mothers Refuge
Haven of Grace
Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri
Bethany Christian Services of Missouri

Do You Have Questions?

If you have questions about the Alternatives to Abortion program, please email


Alternatives to Abortion Program
3705 Missouri Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Jefferson City, MO 65109

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