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Depression Through 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
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
I have been depressed/stressed through my pregnancy with lots of crying. Is this going to hurt/affect my baby?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seek help: If you are feeling 'the blues' or depression, there are treatments for this and not all are medicinal. 'solo time', that is time for you to do what makes you you is very important and can, by itself, often help the problem immensely. Certainly family support systems, counselors and medical intervention are also available and important resources. Do not just try to 'tough it out'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but ...: If you have had postpartum depression with a previous pregnancy - or at any other time - you may get it again. But there are no known effective preventive measures, despite what some say. Talk to your obg doctor if at any time during or after your pregnancy you feel extremely anxious, irritable, depressed, cry for no reason, or have unreasonable fears for your baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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