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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my depression in pregnancy?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my depression in pregnancy?

Therapy: Find a therapist who does cognitive- behavioral therapy. It is safer than drugs during pregnancy. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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

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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 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 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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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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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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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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I can't get out of bed, I cry and feel very depressed. Can I get disability from work due to severe depression during pregnancy?

I can't get out of bed, I cry and feel very depressed. Can I get disability from work due to severe depression during pregnancy?

Depends on your: Insurance policy that you have for disability at work as well as your clinical condition and the willingness of your psychiatrist to give you time off work. Insurance companies are getting much stricter about this and it is imperative that your psychiatrist use rating scales in the chart to document disability. Many insurance companies no longer trust the word of a psychiatrist or a patient. It is a sad state of affairs. If there is no "objective testing done, then a retroactive review could deny you payments. Please inform your psychiatrist of this. At the very least there needs to be a mini mental status exam in the chart as well as a depression rating scale at every visit. ...Read more

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How do I find a therapist or doctor who specializes in treating depression during pregnancy?

See Psychiatrist: A therapist is not the kind of clinician you are seeking. Make an appointment with your obstetrician, or better yet, a psychiatrist.
They are very familiar with diagnosing depression, and the safe and effective treatments available for pregnant women who have a clinical depression. The psychiatrist can then consult with your OB to work together to get you well. ...Read more

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Came off my Depression/Anxiety medicine before trying. I'm scared of having another Chemical Pregnancy Is there any All Natural Medicine to relax me?

Came off my Depression/Anxiety medicine before trying. I'm scared of having another Chemical Pregnancy Is there any All Natural Medicine to relax me?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Is there depression and anxiety medicine that's safe during first trimester of pregnancy?

Is there depression and anxiety medicine that's safe during first trimester of pregnancy?

It depends: Medications such as Celexa and zoloft (ssris) are a category c for pregnancy- assumed safe. But it is safer to avoid medications inpregnancy if able. On the other hand, untreated depression and anxiety can harm fetus and baby-so ask your ob-gyn about his opinion. Avoid Paxil (paroxetine) because it is not safe. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does anti-depression medicine affect the effectiveness of birth control pills? Take other precaution to prevent pregnancy?

Does anti-depression medicine affect the effectiveness of birth control pills? Take other precaution to prevent pregnancy?

Some mood: Stabilizers do. Please let us know which medication you are referring to and we can check it for you. Please resubmit with this info. ...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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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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How can a history of depression influence my pregnancy?

How can a history of depression influence my pregnancy?

Post-partum risk: If you have a history of depression you may have an episode of depression during pregnancy, but you are more at risk for developing significant post-partum depression. Let your doc know so that you can be closely monitored. Depression can cause bonding and development problems post-partum. ...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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Are some women more at risk for depression during than after pregnancy?

Are some women more at risk for depression during than after pregnancy?

Not As Common: It is certainly possible for women to struggle with depression during pregnancy, and those who would be most likely to have depression would be women who have a history of depression or who are experiencing severe stress or lack of support in their environment. However, in general the pospartum period is a time of greater risk for depression compared to during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are certain women more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy?

Are certain women more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy?

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 more

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What should you do if you have symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy?

What should you do if you have symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy?

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 more

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Is it common for depression to increase during pregnancy and want can be done for it if so?

Is it common for depression to increase during pregnancy and want can be done for it if so?

Yes: During pregnancy your hormones are "on a roller coaster".Usually aromatherapy or exercise may help. Along with constant adulation.:). ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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. Douglas Lawson
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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