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What causes depression in pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Many reasons: The hormone Progesterone is probably a major reason. However other factors could be involved such as past history of depression, stress at work or home, concerns about money, etc.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
We are unsure: But, hormones likely play a major role in a woman's moods before, during and after pregnancy. There may be other causes as well. You may want to discuss your concerns with the obstetrician if you are pregnant. Sometimes, with a strong family history of depression, an increased risk of depression may be present especially around pregnancy. For that reason, the doctor may suggest some treatment.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Stress diathesis: Its called the stress diathesis model. You may be vulnerable by a combination of childhood "hypervigilance" and genes. These come together in a stressful situation and culminate into a depression. The pregnancy part can be a stressor, then you feel bad about not feeling good. I would treat now as your cances of pp depression are high. Mirtazpine 15 mg at night can help insomnia and nausea too.

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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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