Sharjeel - posted on 06/18/2013
Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times of a woman’s life, but for many women this is a time of confusion, fear, sadness, stress, and even depression. According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG), between 14-23% of women will struggle with some symptoms of depression in pregnancy.
Depression is a mood disorder that affects 1 in 4 women at some point during their lifetime, so it should be no surprise that this illness would also touch women who are pregnant. But all too often, depression is not diagnosed properly during pregnancy because people think it is just another type of hormonal imbalance. This assumption can be dangerous for the mother and the unborn baby.
Depression in pregnancy is an illness that can be treated and managed, but the first step, seeking out help and support, is the most important.
Chantal - posted on 06/17/2013
Absolutely. First think about why you are depressed. Do you have support from family or the baby daddy? Are you worried about being a mom? Your doctor can prescribe you a mild anti depressant to help with your mood swings and then you can tackle other stressors. Reply if you need more support.
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