Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:15 AM
We've all heard, read, and seen television series about postpartum depression, ecspecially now that we are pregnant. Well, what about prenatal depression (PD)? Did you know? As many as one in five women suffer from depression during their pregnancy. Prenatal depression (PD) is real, but it is very hard to diagnose since many of the symptoms are the same as your pregnancy symptoms. PD's symptoms include sleeping too much, loss of energy, difficulty in concentrating, or change in appetite. How many of you have felt some of these symptoms? The more serious effects of PD include lack of interest, feelings of guilt, and thoughts or ideas about suicide.
PD could happen to anyone and it's nothing to be ashamed about. In fact there has not been one "cause" of PD confirmed instead contributing factors; do you have a history of mood disorders, has your pregnancy been challenging or stressful. One mother was diagnosed with PD shortly after she and her husband got a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome for her son. She thought she was having a hard time coping with the news; instead it became a mild case of depression.
Is there a treatment for PD? Antidepressants are one option when dealing with the challenge, but it is definitely a conversation you would want to have with your doctor before moving forward. If you aren't interest in pills there are holistic approaches to help fight depression. Without treatment for PD there could be effects on you and your baby. If you're depressed, you may not have the energy or interest in prenatal care or attending appointments. Plus, the lack of energy may result in poor nutritional choices or care choices for yourself. The effect on your baby may be low birth weight, preterm delivery, higher rates of a C-section, pre-eclampsia, or respiratory distress.
For more information and signs of PD click here.