Depression During Pregnancy

Pregnancy - United States (on September 07, 2014 10:28 AM)

depression during pregnancy


Depression during pregnancy is not healthy for the woman as well as the unborn baby, because women suffering through depression find it hard to sleep and even eat properly and in worst cases a few may also engage in use of substances like tobacco, drugs and alike which obviously aren’t good for their growing pregnancy.


Pregnancy is often a time of great joy and excitement for the parents, however; studies by researchers at several medical institutions in US and UK have revealed that almost 10-20% of women experience depression and anxiety during their pregnancy. Fortunately for an approximately 80% women, depression in pregnancy is not true but almost all of them find themselves feeling anxiety.


Most women who experience pregnancy depression tend to continue experiencing it even after the baby is born. For years the researchers kept believing that pregnancy hormones prevent you from depression and anxiety but now researches on this aspect of pregnancy have revealed that women tend to grow more vulnerable to anxiety and depression and pregnancy due to increase in hormone levels during pregnancy. 


Pregnant women should not take this state lightly, as it may have bad effects on their own health and the health of the unborn baby. Women usually confuse depression during pregnancy with moodswings which are also a symptom of pregnancy. Nevertheless; it’s really important to be able to diagnose your situation properly and accurately during pregnancy because it’s not all about you anymore, but your baby as well.              


You may suffer with depression during pregnancy for reasons, such as;

If you belong to a family that has a history of depression then you often find yourself suffering through depression during pregnancy as well.

If you’ve suffered through PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) or PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) which are medical terms that point towards medical conditions that accompany symptoms of severe depression and anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, feelings of ambivalence, trouble focusing and like; then there is a high probability that you may suffer through it during pregnancy too

You may also find yourself struggling through depression if you are having problems with your relationship with your partner

Too many children already may also call for you to get irritable quickly during depression as taking care of them gets you tired and fatigue may cause feelings of distress

In case you’ve had a trouble getting pregnant earlier, and have gone through medical treatments to enhance you fertility then the side effects of such treatments may last for months and you might find yourself getting depressed and strained during pregnancy too.

Weight gain during pregnancy can also be a reason of pregnancy

An unwanted pregnancy may also be a cause of depression. In this case you are highly ambivalent and indecisive about having a baby and thus will definitely be depressed. You get more likely to not take better care of yourself hampering your and the baby’s wellbeing

Your age plays an important role. If you are too young then you are at a higher risk of getting depressed

The headaches, pains, cramps, and hemorrhoids during pregnancy may cause great discomfort through all three pregnancy trimesters, and eventually they may cause anxiety and depression for you too along with the moodiness that you encounter during pregnancy

Previous pregnancy loss or loss of a baby during ectopic pregnancy can also lead to feelings of great concern during your subsequent pregnancies

Depression During Pregnancy


Social life events, such as limited social life, martial problems, you being a single parent, financial worries and many such situations of life can cause depression too. Pregnancy is a time of increased hormonal levels, and your emotional wellbeing is as important as your physical wellbeing during pregnancy.


The ups and downs in the hormone levels during pregnancy may have its psychological effects on you too while you are pregnant and it’s important that you tell your doctor or midwife immediately if you find yourself facing such issues.


Just as depression affects pregnancy, pregnancy may also affect depression. This is because the stresses and discomforts of your physical conditions while your baby is growing inside you may cause a recurrence of depression or worsening of depression if you already have it. Also; depression in some cases may not end once your baby is born but you may find yourself suffering through it after the baby is born which medically is referred to as postpartum depression. This kind of depression often occur in women soon after they have given birth and may be associated with feelings of sadness and hopelessness, however; the effecting factors can be limitless.


How to know that you are suffering with depression during pregnancy?


1- Irritability

2- Feeling of aggravation, anger or restlessness

3- Feeling sad, worthless or what we call feeling “blue”

4- Tiredness and fatigue

5- Loss of appetite or craving of eating all the time

6- Sleeplessness

7- Lack of concentration or inability to concentrate

8- Panic attacks


The above mentioned are a few symptoms of depression and if you encounter them all or any of them for more than a fortnight then you are likely to be diagnosed of suffering through depression and thus it’s important to contact your doctor. You may go without visiting your doctor in usual days while suffering through depression but when you are pregnant you shouldn’t be taking chances. A lot of antidepressant medication is available easily on various drugstores and pharmacies, but you should be careful and take them only when and as prescribed by your doctor. Treating depression is very important always, and especially during pregnancy.


Here are a few recommended health centers for depression treatment during pregnancy:


1- Brookhaven retreat

2- Lifecall

3- The bridge (a health recovery center)


Nevertheless; depression during pregnancy is common and even your local doctor may also be able to prescribe ways to deal with it. Women tend to often brush the thought of visiting a doctor for reasons of suffering through depression during pregnancy, but it’s always good if you do for your own health and for the health of your baby.

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