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Depression during pregnancy

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The emotional transformation that a woman goes through during pregnancy is not always towards the joyous side. There are women who suffer from bouts of depression during their gestation period and for them the phase is indeed gloomy. We shall analyse how depression can affect your pregnancy and offer you some wonderful solutions to get over it.


Symptoms of depression during pregnancy

So how do you know you are suffering from depression? To understand this aspect you need to recognize the tell tale symptoms.

They are: 

  • Feeling low all the time with bad mood
  • Lack of energy and positive approach
  • No sign of happiness for baby’s arrival
  • Irritation, short temperedness
  • Lack of interest on self and baby
  • Feeling of guilt and regret
  • Feeling weepy or crying frequently
  • Either overeating or not eating at all
  • Lack of energy and tiredness

Women who suffer from severe depression during their pregnancy due to vehement past or any traumatic emotional cause often get feelings of harming self or the baby.

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What causes depression in pregnancy?

Depression can result from emotional causes as well as health issues.

The probable reasons are: 

  • Stress during pregnancy
  • Relationship trouble, family pressure and expectation
  • Abandonment issues, loneliness
  • Lack of emotional and social support
  • Unplanned pregnancy or carrying an unwanted baby
  • Financial instability and insecurity
  • Personal or family history of depression
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD or PMS)
  • With thyroid gland disorder
  • Fighting another health challenge along with pregnancy


How can depression affect your pregnancy?

Depression is a mental problem which definitely has negative impact on you as well your baby. You are most likely to face the following problems: 

  • You might resort to smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs in an attempt to get rid of depression. This complicates your pregnancy further.
  • You are at risk of not receiving appropriate nutrition due to intense apathy towards food
  • Your might face problems during delivery
  • Your baby is at risk of having low birth weight. Furthermore, your bonding with your baby is compromised


When to seek medical advice?

Being depressed is a way different feeling than usual mood swings. If those aforementioned symptoms persist for 2 weeks, then you must talk to your doctor


Treatment for depression during pregnancy

Open up to your doctor and explain the problems you are facing or about your traumatic past. Counselling works wonders and your doctor would guide you to deal with your problems.

Apart from this, your doctor might prescribe you anti-depressants or any other medicines depending on the need.


How to cope depression at home?

You need to be mentally strong to combat depression. Join therapeutic prenatal yoga classes to boost your mental and physical energy.

Read good books that inculcate positive feelings and happiness in you. Keep yourself engaged with good movies and your favourite shows.

Take care of your health. Have your medicines and vitamins on time, eat nutritious food and get ample sleep.

Stay in touch with your family and friends and most importantly communicate your feelings. If you are having relationship issues, make sure you give a try to sort out with your counsellor’s advice.

Lastly convince yourself that it’s a blessing to give birth to a baby and so give yourself the utmost priority. It only you who can overcome depression during this crucial phase!

Stay happy!

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: April 14, 2014