Hormonal changes taking place in the body during
pregnancy cause mood swings and depression. Read on to know more about mood
swings and depressions during pregnancy.
Why am I Feeling
Depressed When I Should be Very Happy?
You will be surprised to know that statistically at least
10% of all pregnant women suffer from depression. No doubt pregnancy is a time
to rejoice and enjoy in anticipation of arrival of your new bundle of joy.
However, hormonal changes happening in your body during pregnancy can make you
vulnerable to depression.
A sudden and rapid increase in hormonal levels is believed
to be the most common cause of depression in pregnant women. Hormones can also
make your feel over anxious and prone to worrying.
As soon as you or your spouse realise that you are getting moody and depressed
it is best to discuss about the issue with your doctor. It is important to bear
in mind that your emotional well being is as crucial as your physical wellness
during this important phase of your life.
There are certain health risks associated with depression
and anxiety in pregnant women. For example studies have indicated that anxiety
and depression can increase the chances of a preterm labor in women.
Depression and anxiety cannot be avoided completely. It
happens because of biochemical changes happening in your body which may be
beyond your control. However, by managing stress, bonding with your partner and
by interacting with other expecting moms you will be
in a position to cope with depression better during pregnancy.
What Factors May Cause Depression in Women?
Common risk factors which increase the chances of a woman suffering from
depression during pregnancy
treatments - Women who may have had troubles in conceiving
experience a lot of stress when they actually get pregnant. Women who conceive
with the help of infertility treatment have
to deal with the emotional side effects of the treatment in addition to being anxious
about what the future holds for their unborn baby. In fact in majority of such
cases the women worry constantly about losing the baby. All these factors cause
stress, anxiety and depression in the pregnant woman.
- Women who have had miscarriages in the past or have lost a baby,
naturally worry about how safe their current pregnancy would be. In many cases
the women may hardly have recovered from the physical and emotional trauma of
their miscarriage. This
makes the pregnant woman feel low and depressed.
Issues with Pregnancy - A
complicated or high-risk pregnancy when the woman is advised to take complete
bed rest can cause immense emotional drain. Not being active and the constant
fear about the safety of the unborn child can cause depression in such women.
History of Depression or Anxiety - Women
who have a past history of depression or extreme anxiety are more likely to get
depressed when they become pregnant. Women who get anxious easily or get
stressed for anything and everything are also more likely to suffer from
depression when they conceive.
Life Events - Pregnancy can
result in a whole lot of changes in a couple’s normal life. Women who may have
worked before the baby arrived may choose to stay at home after years of
working. Some women may be concerned about managing their finance post
pregnancy. Any such major concern can trigger anxiety and depression in a
is important to take formal treatment for depression while pregnant. Talking to
a doctor will ensure emotional well-being of the mother and the unborn child.
It will also help the expectant mom to cope with the situation better once the