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Dr. Padmavati Garvey Dr. Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What causes depression in pregnancy?

What causes depression in pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,567 doctors shared insights

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


Marianne DiNapoli Dr. DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
68 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can be treated: Just like depression in non-pregnant people, there are effective treatments that can help. The most common treatment for depression is anti-depressant medication, talk therapy, or both. If you have symptoms of depression such as sad mood, suicidal thoughts, little pleasure in life, or changes in energy/appetite/sleep, you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Reynolds Dr. Reynolds
Psychiatry
29 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Can you have on / off depression in pregnancy?

Can you have on / off depression in pregnancy?

Yes: You can have on and off depression when pregnant just as you can when not pregnant. Pregnancy is not thought to increase or decrease the risk of depr., unlike in the post-partum where the risk is the greatest. If your depression is persistent and/or is interfering with your ability to function/care for yourself please talk to your doctor. Unaddressed depression in pregnancy can effect the baby! ...Read more

Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What are the tests for depression in pregnancy?

What are the tests for depression in pregnancy?

See Below: There are some standardized tests that can be performed by your doctor. The best way is a visit to your provider. Most of the time, depression can be diagnosed by observation and history. You can also google depression tests. ...Read more

Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng Dr. Louie-Ng
Obstetrics & Gynecology
22 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Lawson Dr. Lawson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
24 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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So what are the symptoms of depression in pregnancy?

So what are the symptoms of depression in pregnancy?

Same as depression: It really doesn't differ from depression in non pregnant patients. A depressed or sad mood, anhedonia (a lack of getting pleasure out of things that normally should please you), lack of sex drive, a flattened affect (meaning speach that lacks expression), and if severe thought of harming yourself or the baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Terri Faith Dr. Faith
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
National Institute of Higher Learning in Medical Sciences (Annaba)
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What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

Post-partum: Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to bond with the baby. ...Read more

Dr. Renee Harris Dr. Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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I don't want to develop depression in pregnancy? What's my best bet?

I don't want to develop depression in pregnancy? What's my best bet?

Several ways: If you have a history of depression, then exercise daily (especially outside) even just walking briskly for 30 minutes a day and counseling are two big ways to help prevent or treat the symptoms. If you are having depression, certainly let your obstetrician know. There are many treatments available. Eating balanced meals with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables helps too. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can you tell me about going through serious depression in pregnancy?

Can you tell me about  going through serious depression in pregnancy?

When a woman: Has depression during pregnancy - the woman, her psychiatrist ; her obstetrician need to work as a team to determine what is in her best interest. The cost vs benefit of pharmacological treatment must be weighed. Her degree of impairment is a major factor in deciding if medications will be taken. Another option - I have treated pregnant women who had anxiety or depression w acupuncture as they. ...Read more

Dr. Lillian Schapiro Dr. Schapiro
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

Stay Safe: If you are depressed, make sure you have a therapist and hopefully also a psychiatrist. You may be able to handle your depression with therapy, exercise and a healthy diet, but it is important to have support around you. Depression can be as serious and as deadly as heart disease and you need to make sure you have the right team. ...Read more

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Dr. Harris Cohen Dr. Cohen
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What kind of doctor sees somebody for depression in pregnancy?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for depression in pregnancy?

Depression: Depression in pregnancy is often co-managed by your obstetrician and your primary care doctor or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Kramer Dr. Kramer
Gynecology
32 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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How can I prevent depression in pregnancy?

How can I prevent depression in pregnancy?

Me time important: Pregnancy and child raising are very demanding times in a women's life. Balance is always important but often gets discounted by women to their own detriment. Take some time to nurture you: for example regular exercise, rest, meditation or yoga. If you don't take care of yourself you won't be at your best to take care of those you care about most. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni Dr. Majeroni
Family Medicine
years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen Dr. Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
43 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for depression in pregnancy?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for depression in pregnancy?

Depression: Depression in pregnancy can be treated with ssri's, tricyclic antidepressants, or some newer atypical medications. Important also is a therapist. It helps to talk with someone about your feelings. A therapist can monitor your progress during pregnancy and help with adjustments after pregnancy. A therapist can also monitor you post-partum and intervene if depression becomes worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad Dr. Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Depression during pregnancy?

Depression during pregnancy?

Professional advise: You definately mood to speak to you OB .They would likely support the use of fish oil. Also exercise, get out in nature, get into some counseling, maybe a group -look for social support- other pregnant moms. Enlist the support of the dad resolve issues of stress. Rc with mess in addition to maxing out the its listed is better than the depression for the baby-professional rc mandatory! ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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How common is depression during pregnancy?

How common is depression during pregnancy?

Not very: More common is what is called post part baby's blues that usually resolves without medication, or only for a short time. Depression during pregnancy usually is only present if present prior to pregnancy and often improves. Of course the situation of an unplanneor undesired pregnancy could lead to depression if not dealt with. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can you control depression during pregnancy?

Can you control depression during pregnancy?

Yes: Hormones do a lot of wacky things to women in pregnancy...Depression can improve or worsen. Some meds are not helpful to the baby ...But you still need help. .Craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture/chinese medicine can have amazing effects and are all safe during pregnancy. They can all treat depression during pregnancy (and even if not pregnant). ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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What kind of condition is depression during pregnancy?

What kind of condition is depression during pregnancy?

Common: Mood disorders occur in almost 85% of people sometime during their life. The extreme changes in the body and in the hormones, make mood disorders like depression very common during pregnancy. This is usually treatable and should be discussed with the physician giving prenatal care. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What medicines can I take for depression during pregnancy?

What medicines can I take for depression during pregnancy?

Depends: Most antidepressant medications are rated as category c which means they should be stopped if possible bit i'd it would be harmful to the mom to continue them. It is a hard decision that needs to be made with much thought and discussion with tour doctor. A bout of major depression during pregnancyight be considered harmful. You and your dr need to consider risks & benefits. ...Read more

Dr. William Holmes Dr. Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What should I do if I have symptoms of depression during pregnancy?

Talk to Someone: Be sure to talk with your physician or other provider about your mood. It may be helpful for you to seek out therapy or counseling. You also want to try to have a good support system in place. Medications are sometimes considered for depression during pregnancy, but usually only in more severe cases. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
4 doctors shared insights

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. Douglas Lawson
70 doctors shared insights

Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more