1 in 10 birthing people experience prenatal depression.
What is prenatal depression?
Prenatal Depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy.
Symptoms of depression:
sadness, hopelessness or feeling overwhelmed
frequent crying spells or crying easily
a lack of energy or motivation
a desire to eat often or not feeling like eating at all
sleep problems, including sleeping too little or too much
difficulty focusing or making decisions
feelings of worthlessness or guilt
loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, or finding you no longer enjoy them when you do participate
withdrawing or wanting to withdraw from friends and family
headaches, body aches and pains, or stomach problems that seem different from morning sickness
How can you treat prenatal depression?
Seeking professional help such as a therapist or talking to your OBGYN. Time for self care also helps (i.e. time off of work, spa date, lunch date alone or with a friend(s), vacation/staycation, getting a full night's rest, journaling).
Risks of not getting treatment:
not gaining enough weight to provide adequate nutrition to your baby
you missing important prenatal visits
substance use that can have serious consequences for your baby
problems during pregnancy and delivery
premature birth or having a baby with low birth weight