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What steps can I take if I have symptoms of depression during pregnancy or after?

What steps can I take if I have symptoms of depression during pregnancy or after?

Postpartum: You may be at risk for postpartum depression. This can impact your whole family including your newborn. Be sure to discuss it with your doctor and have a support system in place. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

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


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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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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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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

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What should I do if I have symptoms of depression during pregnancy?

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

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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

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Is there a healthy medicine that can help fight depression during pregnancy?

Is there a healthy medicine that can help fight depression during pregnancy?

Yes: As a general rule, it is best to avoid taking any medications during pregnancy. But sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks. This is the case when depression (moderate severity or worse) occurs during pregnancy. Widely used ssri antidepressants are relatively safe, and the risks of depression on mother and baby are worse than the risks of the medicine. See your doctor... ...Read more

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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

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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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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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression in pregnancy is a mood disorder condition that is common for many pregnant women. It is caused by hormonal changes that affect the brain. Receiving help and support is important since depression can be diagnosed, treated, and ...Read more