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Why do some women get depressed during pregnancy?

Why do some women get depressed during pregnancy?

Risk Factors: There are hormonal changes that can cause some women to experience mood fluctuations. Also, women with a previous history of depression are at greater risk. In addition, if a woman is experiencing a general lack of support or severe environmental stress, there would be a greater risk of depression. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can ADHD cause you to be depressed during pregnancy?

Can ADHD cause you to be depressed during pregnancy?

Yes: Adhd often occurs with depression, anxiety, and compulsive behaviors. Frustration rises in attention disorders. This can easily result in mood, anxiety, and ineffective coping behaviors. ...Read more

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I have been depressed/stressed through my pregnancy with lots of crying. Is this going to hurt/affect my baby?

I have been depressed/stressed through my pregnancy with lots of crying. Is this going to hurt/affect my baby?

Consult Your Doctor: Emotionality is common during pregnancy. However, your obstetrician can answer your question. Consult with him/her and ask for an ultrasound. It sounds like you would benefit from meeting with a therapist who has experience working with pregnant patients. ...Read more

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Is conception, headaches feeling depressed a big sign of pregnancy?

Is conception, headaches feeling depressed a big sign of pregnancy?

Not usually: Those symptoms are not commonly associated with pregnancy. If you think you are pregnant, check a test. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy affect depression?

Does pregnancy affect depression?

Consultation needed: In some women, pregnancy can make depression worse; in some, it can make it better. The question often is whether to use pharmaceutical antidepressant medications while a woman is pregnant, and whether the intensity of symptoms makes it reasonable to risk potential effects in the infant. The answer is variable, and discussion with an experienced psychiatrist is very important. ...Read more

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Is depression a sign of early pregnancy?

Is depression a sign of early pregnancy?

No: The best way to determine pregnancy is with a pregnancy test. Worrying about whether one is pregnant can cause anxiety with problems sleeping, all of which may contribute for feeling depressed or sad. Feeling depressed can occur for a variety of reasons. Maybe an evaluation by a physician is in order to rule-out both depression and pregnancy and to also make sure nothing else is wrong? ...Read more

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What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

Depends: The food and drug administration assigns risk category ratings for drugs in pregnancy. Category c drugs have been suggested to cause problems in the fetus and should be used with caution in pregnancy if absolutely needed. Category d medications have been proven to cause serious harm to fetus and should be avoided. All the current antidepressants are either category c or d. ...Read more

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How common is getting depression during and after pregnancy?

How common is getting depression during and after pregnancy?

Very common: Pregnancy and the post-partum time are very challenging. There is the loss of one's body to deal with along with a host of new challenges and responsibilities. There is a hormonal component to this as well and coupled with sleep loss and a very needful newborn, it is not surprising that depression can happen even with the best of circumstances and support systems. ...Read more

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Will my depression get better or get worse during a pregnancy?

Will my depression get better or get worse during a pregnancy?

Can't risk worsening: It was said, falsely, that pregnancy protects mood. In fact, stress between pending parents, psychological tensions of moving from adult child to parent, fear of the unknown, &possibly hormonal changes all can feed depression in pregnancy. The depression can hurt prenatal care, it can offer physiological harm to mother and fetus, &it's the number1risk for post-partum depression (a true emergency).So treat. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more