Pregnancy is a time of happiness and holds special place in a woman’s life still along with all the physical changes there are a lot of emotional turmoil that a woman has to go through. Depression has become a common concern among pregnant woman with 10 to 20% of pregnant woman facing some form of depression.
Many a time women are not able to know that they are in depression as most of the symptoms mimic those of pregnancy such as mood swings, low energy level etc. Some of the symptoms that should ring a bell for you are : Feeling extremely sad / no sense of joy at all, Crying or feeling agitated on small things, Feeling worthless, Extreme fatigue and Extreme increase of decrease in appetite. Mostly 2-3 symptoms occurring simultaneously is a sign of depression. If you are going through some of the above symptoms it is good to consult your doctor.
Some of the common factors for depression could be:
Depression can be treated among pregnant woman using an antidepressant. But make sure you do not take any medication without a doctor’s recommendation. Many a times a psychiatrist can also be very helpful in getting you out of depression.
One can prevent depression by taking care of yourself emotionally. Here are some tips to help you keep you emotionally strong: