How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy
How To Take Care Of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy
Most people think that pregnancy is the happiest time in a woman’s life, but in reality, it is full of ups and downs. Around 12%-23% of pregnant women struggle with depression at some point in their pregnancy. Doctors emphasize that mental health disorders should be given equal attention to physical illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and more. Unfortunately, people still hesitate to even talk about mental health openly, let alone get help. If you’ve noticed any symptoms, it’s extremely important to evaluate, diagnose and treat depression for you and your baby’s well-being.
Symptoms of Depression during Pregnancy:
With mood swings being one of the biggest symptoms of pregnancy, it might become difficult to notice the symptoms of depression. Here are some to look out for.
- Persistent low mood
- Feeling hopeless and unwanted
- Decreased interest in everything
- No energy
- Change in appetite
- Feeling suicidal
Risks of Depression:
While physical ailments like diabetes and more can affect your baby, mental disorders are equally harmful for your baby’s health. If untreated, here are some risks it could pose to your baby.
- Low birth weight
- Premature birth
- Respiratory problems and jitteriness after birth
This is how depression could affect you if left untreated.
- Not taking care of oneself
- Feeling unattached to your baby
- Preterm labour
If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, there’s no need to worry. There are many treatment options for you to consider.
- Counselling or therapy
- Psychotherapy: In this technique, a trained professional uses cognitive behavioural therapy to help manage thoughts and emotions in a healthier way.
- Support group: You could join a support group where people with similar disorders or issues speak openly about their problems. This might help empathize with others and make you feel less alone in your journey of recovery.
- Medication: The most common way to address depression is visiting a psychiatrist and getting regular therapy. Your doctor might prescribe antidepressants. Once you get on the medication, you will start feeling better. However, don’t stop taking the medicines without speaking to your doctor first.
Myths and Misconceptions:
There’s a common misconception that women who are depressed during pregnancy can pass it on to their baby. But in reality, there are many factors other than genetics that play a role in whether your child will be affected by it. Another common myth is that medication used to treat depression and anxiety in pregnant women is unsafe for their baby. Doctors have emphasized on the importance of medication and have declared that using medication for depression, anxiety and schizophrenia during pregnancy is absolutely safe and rarely has any effects on the baby. In fact, not treating your depression with medication when you really need it is worse.
If you’ve noticed any depression symptoms, it’s important to not lose hope. Speak to your husband and your family about it so that they can help you too. Visit your doctor and figure out the best possible treatment options for you, so that you and your baby have a healthy and happy future.