Depression During Pregnancy – More than Just a Low Day?
It’s not uncommon to have blue days during pregnancy. You’re tired, you’re contending with uncomfortable symptoms, and your hormones are all over the place. You may also be feeling anxious about what comes next. But if these feelings are prolonged or severe, you may actually be suffering from depression during pregnancy. Read on for the causes, signs, and treatment of pregnancy depression.
What Causes Pregnancy Depression?
Depression is more than just a blue day. It can take over your life and make you incapable of rational thought or decision-making. The causes of depression and anxiety during pregnancy are different for every woman. Possible causes include:
- A history of depression and anxiety.
- Hormonal changes causing an imbalance.
- Symptoms, such as insomnia, morning sickness, fatigue, or pain leading to a chemical imbalance.
- Stress about your current situation or anxiety about giving birth or becoming a parent.
- A dietary deficiency (such as low iron) affecting your mood.
What are the Signs of Depression During Pregnancy?
- Feeling washed out and unmotivated.
- Not wanting to get out of bed.
- Feeling disconnected from your unborn baby, your partner, or your friends and family.
- Avoiding social situations that you’d usually enjoy.
- Thoughts of worthlessness or inadequacy.
- Thoughts of self-harm or harm to your unborn baby (severe depression during pregnancy).
How can I get Help for Depression in Pregnancy?
It is very important to seek help for pregnancy and depression. If left unresolved, your depression can lead to depression after pregnancy, which can spoil what should be the happiest time in your life. If you get help now, you’ll greatly reduce your chances of suffering post pregnancy depression. Talk to your partner, your midwife, your mom, or anyone you trust. They should be able to help you find the care and support you need. It’s likely that counseling, rest, dietary changes, or other therapy will be all you need. In very severe cases, you may need more treatment or a period of residential care.
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