7 Measures To Tackle And Prevent Depression During Pregnancy

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Depression is a common concern while you are pregnant. While feeling anxious and experiencing the mood swings is quite normal, matters have to be taken seriously once the level of anxiety hits the roof.

The surge of hormones causes your emotions to rise and fall. You may tend to cry and laugh at the drop of a hat, thanks to your stressed reproductive system that is busy prepping the womb.

However, if you are pregnant and find yourself blue all the time, it is possible that you might be depressed. A depression during pregnancy is possible, and can also be tackled.

Measures To Tackle And Prevent Depression During Pregnancy

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What Is Depression?

Depression is a sense of hopelessness. When you are depressed, the whole world looks upside down in your perspective.

  • Depression during pregnancy is laden with extended thoughts of fear, anxiety, worry and lack of self-esteem.
  • Even the happiest of women can find themselves feeling loopy and tripping.
  • Please do not worry if you are one among them.

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6 Obvious Causes Of Depression During Pregnancy:

Depression is usually triggered because of multiple factors. While some of them are inherent and inevitable, the others are triggered due to external circumstances and personal situations.

Take a look at few important causes:

1. Family History Of Depression:

Having a genetic predisposition and a family history is one of the major causes for depression.

  • It is possible that you may suffer depression at any point of your life once you have a gene associated with it.
  • If you were clinically depressed due to other reasons before, you are more likely to suffer another bout during the pregnancy or postpartum.
  • Make sure you answer all the questions in the medical file correctly. State your concerns to your gynecologist if you were depressed before.

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2. Personal Relationships:

Personal relationships are another reason why you may be depressed.

  • A personal situation at home and a relation difficulty can put that extra emotional burden for you to deal with.
  • If you are going through any issues while you are pregnant, the feelings of hopelessness will be naturally elevated.
  • Make sure that you clear your mind as fast as you can before the arrival of your baby.
  • The atmosphere at home should also be adjusted accordingly. This depends largely on you and your partner.

3. Past History Of Miscarriage:

If you had a miscarriage before, it is natural for you to be more anxious than ever after conceiving the next time.

  • Dealing with previous losses is tough. However, taking a fresh approach and having a positive perspective about the next pregnancy always yields results.
  • If you have had multiple miscarriages in the past and are overtly worried about the next, it is advisable to talk to a counselor about your inner fears.

4. Fertility Treatments:

Fertility treatments cast the same anxiety as that of dealing with a loss.

  • After undergoing a fertility treatment, it is natural for you to experience a whirlwind of emotions.
  • This is partly attributed to the heavy hormonal shifts that were involved in the procedure.
  • Understand that you have benefited from the struggle underwent and on a path to deliver a baby.

5. Personal Trauma Or Shock:

Experiencing a sudden personal trauma or shock during your pregnancy casts a heavy impression on your mind.

  • Most times, you are exposed to unpleasant situations when least expected.
  • A shock of a loss or a divorce also has an equal impact during pregnancy, further aggravating the pain levels emotionally.

6. Complicated Pregnancy:

Some risk factors associated with your well-being or unforeseen complications also trigger anxiety and depression.

Symptoms Of Depression In Pregnancy:

It is tough to decipher the level of an allowable depression or anxiety during pregnancy. While it is normal to feel blue and low thanks to the overworked pregnant hormones, monitoring the instances and the severity will help you separate the seriousness of the situation from that of routine.

Give a call to your health care provider if you have the below symptoms frequently for longer periods of time:

  • Feeling sad and blue every day without gaps.
  • Lack of focus or concentration most days.
  • Sleeplessness that comes and lasts for longer time.
  • Severe fatigue and tiresomeness for no apparent reason.
  • Excessive irritability, crying and hopelessness.
  • Lack of appetite or severe eating disorder that feels abnormal.
  • A sudden increase of activity.
  • Racing thoughts.
  • Bad or incorrect social behavior.
  • Poor judgment.
  • Frequent panic attacks.
  • Extended hallucinations.
  • Racing heart and lightheartedness.
  • Sweaty palms and the feeling of passing out.
  • Maniacal tendencies.

Some of these symptoms also point to an underlying condition called Bipolar Disorder. It is important not to neglect any of the symptoms that are too recurrent and do not end.

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Treatment For Depression During Pregnancy:

There are two main types of treating depression:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Antidepressants

You cannot indulge in any sort of over the counter medication as you are pregnant. It is crucial to consult your doctor to direct you to an appropriate method and any kind of medication that has to be taken internally.

7 Measures On How To Deal With Depression During Pregnancy:

Depression and anxiety are emotionally and mentally related. A lot depends on how you manage yourself during the ordeal. Usually, depressed thoughts tend to go away after altering the lifestyle that you are currently in.

Simple things that can ward off depressed thoughts are as below:

  1. Spending more time with your partner and sharing things helps reduce the sole burden on you.
  2. Take it easy. You are not a lone warrior because this is an emotional situation. Your attitude and change of thought process will lessen the internal grief.
  3. Get plenty of rest. Relax, breathe and de-stress to enjoy the beauty of pregnancy.
  4. Diet plays an important role to build a healthy mind. Eating healthy food and drinking plenty of fluid changes the way you think and feel, thanks to a better metabolic activity of your body.
  5. Indulge yourself in a good way. Taking those body massages and spa can lighten up the spirits, while making you feel good.
  6. Avoid taking excess stress that adds up to the current one. If you are delayed in planning for your baby’s arrival, it is perfectly fine.
  7. Getting obsessive and panicky will not help. Instead, they will raise the levels of anxiety doing you a greater damage than before.

[ Read; Stress During Pregnancy ]

Pregnancy is filled with a foray of emotions. Your body has now become a special place, harboring and nurturing a new life. Be mindful about the oncoming happiness whenever you feel low. It is okay to be overwhelmed. Making sure you manage the situations effectively.

Dealing and coping from an emotional stress, after all, is your own hands. Have a similar story to share? Please do not hesitate to share with the new mommies here.

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