Physical changes during pregnancy can lead to
depression. Find out how changing hormonal levels in body can give rise to
acute symptoms of depression during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is surely one
of the most enjoyable parts of a woman’s life, but at times there can be some
issues like bouts of depression due to various factors. Stress, confusion and
fear regarding a lot of aspects are somewhat natural when one is pregnant. But
some women struggle with an overwhelming emotional state that is clinically
termed as depression and this is not desirable for the mother-to-be or the
unborn baby. Depression is a mental disorder that affects people at some point
of their lives, and pregnancy is a very vulnerable stage when one can be hit by
depression quite easily. But there is nothing to be too worried as this
depression can surely be treated and dealt with effectively and
Depression is a mental
or mood disorder and when it happens during pregnancy, it is clinically termed
as ante-partum depression. This is basically a biological condition that is
attributed to the sudden and rapid changes occurring in the hormonal balances
and the brain chemistry. The hormonal changes directly affect the brain
chemicals that in turn result to mood disorders like anxiety and depression. The situation becomes complicated
when this is complemented with other external
Symptoms of Depression during
Let us have a look at the symptoms of
- Persistent feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness, sometimes for no apparent reason.
- Feeling guilty and worthless, persistently feeling de-motivated.
- Lack of sleep or sleeping too much.
- Finding it difficult to concentrate.
- Losing interest in activities that was earlier enjoyable.
- Losing appetite or drastic change in eating habit.
- Feeling of hopelessness, contemplating death or suicide.
Reasons Behind the Emotional Agitation And
Here are some of the causes behind
emotional agitation and depression during pregnancy.
- The physical changes during pregnancy are also related to the changing hormonal levels in the body.
- Health complications associated with pregnancy can ‘naturally’ lead to emotional disturbances.
- If the woman has had a previous failed pregnancy or difficulty in conceiving, the fears become somewhat staple.
- If the woman lacks an emotional support system from the spouse and immediate family, she tends to be tensed and prone to depression.
- If she is already having relationship issues with the partner.
- If there is a history of depression in the family.
Effects of Depression on the Unborn
When depression is left
untreated, it can turn serious and fatal for the mother and obviously for the
baby as well. Suicidal tendencies are acute symptoms of depression. Further
depression during pregnancy can lead to many undesirable and harmful tendencies
alcohol and even poor
nutrition which directly affect the well being of the baby. It therefore needs
to be treated out rightly and the mother should be kept under good care and
supervision. Babies who are born to mothers with ante-partum depression are
found to be irritable, less attentive and prone to depression themselves, as
they grow up.
Apart from talking to your physician when
you find yourself in the clutches of depression, or when you notice your
pregnant spouse suffering from depression, you need to be very supportive and
understanding. Seek the help of appropriate support groups and go for the
prescribed medication. Private psychotherapy is also found to be very effective
in dealing with depression during pregnancy. Take care of your diet, go for
appropriate workouts and engage in activities that you enjoy, above all, try to
develop a positive outlook, and you will find yourself better equipped to deal
with the situation.