Prenatal depression and anxiety can strike any expectant mother.
Common symptoms are
And they may be more prominent in certain months of pregnancy.
The fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone in your bloodstream can make you moody especially during the first trimester.
Dr Skirukumar said:
“For decades, pregnancy was thought to be a period of emotional well-being”. “However, recent studies have suggested that pregnancy poses a risk for reoccurrence of depression in women with prior histories of major depression”.
Though 10 percent or more of women shows symptoms of major depression during pregnancy, women often believe they result from normal hormonal changes and hence do not consult their doctors. But untreated depression can be dangerous to both mother and baby as it may lead to poor nutrition, premature birth, low birth weight and developmental problems.
If you have any of the following symptoms for two weeks or more, discuss them with your doctor or therapist immediately:
- Intense sadness and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleeping less or too much
- Change in eating habits
- Loss of interest in favourite activities
- Recurring thoughts of death, suicide or hopelessness
- Feeling of guilt.
Finally, if you have a history of depression, hypertension or anxiety symptoms, be sure to tell your OB-GYN or midwife and seek help since it can not only recur during pregnancy, but also linger and become more severe after birth leading to post-natal mental Illness.