Depression and Pregnancy

While having a baby is a happy time for the most part, its not unusual to experience feelings of sadness, insecurity and even fear. If the sadness develops into ongoing depression, its important and OK to seek professional help.

An estimated 1 in 4 women will experience depression symptoms in their lifetime, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. During pregnancy, the mood disorder often goes undiagnosed perhaps confused with ongoing hormonal changes. Research has found that women with depression in pregnancy are at significant risk for postpartum depression, as well.

Depression warning signs include:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Inability to sleep or stay asleep
  • Change in eating habits
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest in things that had been enjoyable

If you have these symptoms, talk with your doctor or midwife. There are treatment options for pregnant women going through depression, and its best to talk it out. Get the help you need so you and your developing baby will enjoy a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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