Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression
Pregnancy has been historically known as a period of emotional well-being, but for about 20% of women it can be just the opposite. Studies show that depression is one of the most common complications of pregnancy and women with pre-existing mood disorders are at particular risk of relapsing during pregnancy or postpartum. Many women are hesitant to seek help for mood disorders during pregnancy but the consequences of untreated depression are serious for mom and baby. Maternal depression can affect the child’s emotional and intellectual development.
Medications (if necessary), support, lifestyle modification and or psychotherapy are very helpful and can prevent serious life-long consequences that arise from untreated maternal depression.
Postpartum depression symptoms might include:
- Not interested in things you used to enjoy
- Not interested in your baby
- Fear of hurting yourself or your baby
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Withdrawing from people
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling irritable, angry and less patient than normal
- Sleep problems
- Appetite changes
- Sadness that sometimes comes in waves; feeling "up and down"