Tackle that depressing feeling during pregnancy

  • By Team TDO

From the time you announce that you are pregnant, the congratulations start pouring in. The assumption is that you are over the moon on the development. Pregnancy is considered as a time of joy, excitement and adventure. But this may not be true for every woman. In fact a significant number of women undergo stress and depression during this period.

Depression is an illness that may occur during pregnancy, which can be treated and managed with simple tips and advice.

What is depression?

Depression is more than just feeling "blue" or "have the mopes" for a few days. It's an illness. With depression, sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings don't go away, and they interfere with the day-to-day life. These feelings can range from mild to severe. The good news is that most people with depression get better with treatment.

What causes depression during pregnancy?

Depression doesn't occur for any sole reason. It may arise due to combination of various factors:

  1. Women with a family history of depression are more likely to have depression.
  2. Emotional or stressful events likefamily tensions, work load, and financial issues.
  3. Relationship problems.
  4. Since hormones directly control emotions and mood, hormonal changes can also beget depression in a woman.
  5. Complicated or high-risk pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of depression during pregnancy

  1. Sleepless nights (insomnia).
  2. Excessive sleeping.
  3. Feeling of guilt or self-reproach.
  4. Low level of interest in any activity.
  5. Excessive fatigue.
  6. Thoughts of committing suicide.
  7. Lack of concentration.
  8. Aggressiveness, peevishness and restlessness.
  9. Extreme irritability and agitation, excess crying.

How can one treat depression during pregnancy?

Talk to your doctor. You are not alone with the symptoms and struggles.Here are some natural ways to prevent as well as get rid of depression:

  1. Follow a regular exercise routine. Exercise calms the mind and body and produces feel good hormones.
  2. Take adequate rest and sleep.
  3. Be a disciple of a healthy diet and nutrition.
  4. Talk about your feelings. Share worries and fears related to pregnancy with friends, family, and other moms.
  5. Try alternative therapies like aromatherapy, massage, but only with your doctor’s advice.
  6. Meditate regularly.
  7. Learn deep breathing exercises. Learn them from an expert.
  8. Don’t take depression as a mild medical condition. It may affect you and your baby adversely.
  9. The wisest advice is to never try to face your depression alone. Find someone to talk and share whatever you feel when you are depressed.