Depression During A Pregnancy Is A Pretty Common Thing

Date November 21, 2017

There is a lot of discussion concerning post-labor depression and the often dangerous problems it may cause. Unfortunately, the same concern is rarely shown when it comes to suffering from depression during a pregnancy, which is more common than one may think.

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There are several changes taking place in a woman’s body during her pregnancy, such as the hormonal fluctuations and changes in the body shape, not mention their fears and expectations. With so many possible sources of insecurity and doubts concerning not only their own future, but that of their child, the mother may fall into depression.

Maternity should be a beautiful moment, full of cheer and excitement, but it is also a moment to mourn: The woman stops being a child and a wife and becomes a mother. This transition is not always an easy moment. One should also take into consideration whether it was a planned pregnancy or not.

Mood swings are often associated with hormones, stress and anxiety, and feeling insecure is a natural consequence, particularly in the early stages of the pregnancy. This is one reason to pay more attention so that it won’t evolve into something serious, depression, which may harm both the mother and the baby.

It is important to distinguish whether mood swings are the natural symptoms of a pregnancy or something more serious.

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If this state of sadness, apathy, hopelessness, exhaustion and changes in your sleep patterns become frequent and intense, it is recommended you seek medical and psychological help.

A recent study has concluded that, in cases where the mother suffered from depression, babies develop more slowly when compared to other children. This has also been observed in babies whose mothers took anti-depressive medication during their gestational period.

Source: Pensamento Líquido

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