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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. 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 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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Is physical illness tied into depression?

Is physical illness tied into depression?

Yes: Physical illness is often tied into depression. For instance, there are higher rates of depression on people who also have diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and some cancers. This can complicate treatment of both the depression and the physical illness. Also, people with heart disease may not do as well when they are depressed. ...Read more

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What are the effects to the baby from maternal stress, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy?

What are the effects to the baby from maternal stress, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy?

Stress &fetal effect: Stress releases chemicals and affects your hormones as well and they can affect your fetus. Grandmothers alwasy say if one wants a happy baby the mom needs to stay happy! ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Same signs as not: Pregnant. The treatment, however, is different. There should be more emphasis on psychotherapy. Most antidepressants should be avoided, at least until the third trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy is very safe for both mother and child, although it is usually only used in severe cases. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Not necessarily: I need to have more information what you mean. If you aren't able to sleep (insomnia or early morning wakening with difficulty falling back to sleep) that may be a sign that some depression is starting. However, many pregnant women may have difficulty getting comfortable especially as they get larger or have to awaken to use the bathroom. So i would advise you to discuss this with your ob-gyne. ...Read more

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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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During pregnancy, are depression & anxiety and low potassium somehow related?

During pregnancy, are depression & anxiety and low potassium somehow related?

Not necessarily: During pregnancy, some women (especially those with prior histories of depression and anxiety) can be at risk for developing depression and anxiety. This can be related to the physical and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy as well as the stress of the pregnancy (change is stressful even when it is a good change). Low potassium is not directly related to either, but can also occur. ...Read more

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Could ptsd be showing itself through depression?

Could ptsd be showing itself through depression?

Yes!: Yes, depression can associated with ptsd and the problems that ptsd causes in people's lives can cause depression. Medications to treat depression can be helpful in these cases for people with ptsd. ...Read more

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What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

Depression: Some people only have depression problems after a pregnancy, possibly increased risk because of the hormone changes. Some people have depression at other times, not due to a particular cause. If a woman is on antidepressants when she gets pregnant, she should talk with her doctor about the risks of taking them or not taking them during the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

No: The hallmark of depression is a diminished ability to enjoy things that should be enjoyable. If that occurs, the individual needs to see their physician. The blues are typically not associated with this symptom. However, "blues" that persist for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Pregnancy cramping: The main cause of pregnancy cramping early in pregnancy is the uterus "stretching" to accommodate fetal growth. Stress can cause indirect cramping as the uterus is not under direct control via the nerve pathways. However, if the body is undergoing an acute stress there can be some indirectly caused cramping. ...Read more

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Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Yes: that can occur. But there is usually a mix of genetics and environment at play. There may be skip generations. Penetrance for genetic predispositions is variable. You might look at a family line and see that one person has unipolar depression, another is bipolar, one has anxiety disorders and another suffers from substance abuse. In other words- it is not as simple as bipolar begets bipolar. ...Read more

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Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

No: One study shows that infants of depressed mothers actually had slightly higher cortisol levels than others, especially if the mom had anxiety also: http://tinyurl.Com/k5cgwfo these changes no longer existed at 18 mo, perhaps when the infants' self-regulatory abilities kick in. Maternal depression can have other effects on infant development, though: http://tinyurl.Com/ltlfasx. ...Read more

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Can emotional, physical, sexual and verbal abuse, control and threats during pregnancy cause such disorders as toutetts, ocd, odd, anxiety?

Can emotional, physical, sexual and verbal abuse, control and threats during pregnancy cause such disorders as toutetts, ocd, odd, anxiety?

Maybe not cause but: Certainly uncover or make worse any of those issues noted. Intervention should be done as soon as possible to protect the expectant mother & the unborn child. There is evidence to support the belief that children of mothers who have untreated psychiatric problems during pregnancy have babies who are at risk for behavior & mood disorders as children & adolescents or even later in life also. ...Read more

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Can depression and anxiety delay period?

Can depression and anxiety delay period?

Yes, they can: Any stress can change the timing of a period to earlier or later. If it is delayed, however, it would be wise to get a pregnancy test done. ...Read more

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Had miscarriage at 42, 1st pregnancy. Could the hormonal changes from the pregnancy induce menopause in any way?

Had miscarriage at 42, 1st pregnancy. Could the hormonal changes from the pregnancy induce menopause in any way?

Not at all: Sorry about the miscarriage. No neither pregnancy nor menopause influences the other: endocrinological (hormonally) you can almost think of them as opposite ends of the same situation. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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