Depression Signs

Pregnancy is thought to be one of the happiest times in a woman's life, but some times, they feel confused, fear, sadness, stress and even depression. About 10-20% of women suffer from the depression syndrome during pregnancy, and a quarter to half of these will suffer from major depression.

Depression during pregnancy or antepartum depression is considered to be a mood disorder. They are caused due to the  changes in brain chemistry. In pregnancy, hormonal change affect brain chemicals,that are directly related to depression and anxiety.

Signs Of Depression.
Generally, would be moms feel depressed. The experience some of the following symptoms for 2 weeks or more:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Loss of interest in activities that you usually enjoy
  • Recurring thoughts of death, suicide, or hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Change in eating habits

Treatment For Depression.
The beneficial solution for treating depression, is to seek help. Discuss with the doctor about the symptoms and struggles. Treatment options useful for women who are pregnant include:

  • Support groups
  • Private psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Light therapy

If the symptoms are serious, then the doctor must prescribe some medication immediately. Medications that can be used during pregnancy without adverse affects are available in the market.

Causes Of Depression.

  • Relationship problems
  • Family or personal history of depression
  • Infertility treatments
  • Previous pregnancy loss
  • Stressful life events
  • Complications in pregnancy
  • History of abuse or trauma

Effects of Depression.
Depression if not treated at proper time, may harm the mother and baby. This may lead to poor nutrition, drinking, smoking, and suicidal behavior which can then cause premature birth, low birth weight and developmental problems. A woman depressed often does not have the emotional strength or desire to adequately take care for herself or her developing baby.