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What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
5-25 %: Depending on how the studies have defined depression (major versus minor, etc.) and whether postpartum depression has been included in that definition, the incidence has been estimated at anywhere from 5-25%. If there are any concerns about possible depression, have a conversation with your provider.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Anxiety disorders overlap but are also about 20%
Jan 2, 2013
Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
Common and treatable: When feelings of sadness keep you from performing your daily activities, caring for your baby, or isolating yourself; then you may be experiencing more than "postpartum blues". See your doctor immediately as medication and therapy can be so helpful.

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Depression during pregnancy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can happen: Please let your gynecologist know. The two of you can determine if medications are appropriate. There are non-medication options like cognitive behavioral therapy or acupuncture to treat depression.

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