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Will my depression have a negative impact on my baby while I am pregnant?

Will my depression have a negative impact on my baby while I am pregnant?

It can: Depression in the mother is associated with risks to the baby. The reasons aren't always clear, but consider that depressed mothers often don't eat well, and may not cooperate with prenatal vitamins or checkups. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy at no risk to the fetus, and even antidepressants can be safer for the baby than mother's untreated depression. Ask your doctor. ...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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I'm pregnant with my 2nd child & suffering with depression. What's the safest way to treat it.?

I'm pregnant with my 2nd child & suffering with depression. What's the safest way to treat it.?

EFT or Talk Therapy: Talk psychotherapy and energy based psychological interventions (such as eft) are very safe (and effective) treatment modalities. ...Read more

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16 weeks pregnant, is it true if you are depressed your baby feels your depression?

16 weeks pregnant, is it true if you are depressed your baby feels your depression?

It is important for : you to discuss this with your OB, as prenatal depression can keep you from taking care of yourself & your fetus. It can impair your bonding with your newborn & vice-versa. Also, it places you at high risk for post-Partum depression, which will negatively impact your baby's development. 14-23% of women experience prenatal depression. No one will judge you. Please ask for professional help. ...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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If im taking meds for depression and enxiety and i get pregnant will it be bad for the baby or I have to stop taking the meds?

If im taking meds for depression and enxiety and i get pregnant will it be bad for the baby or I have to stop taking the meds?

Category C meds: Most of the antidepressants in use today are ssris.Most fall into the category c group, meaning there is no evidence of significant fetal injury.Some are more prone to problems with neonatal withdrawal symptoms than others so a shift in type of med during pregnancy may be proposed. Either way, the parent needs to be as healthy as possible for the pregnancy and work thereafter.Discuss with doc. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me effects to the baby of so much stress, depression and anxiety during pregnancy?

Can cause problems.: When the mother is calmand happy during pregnancy the baby is also likely to be more calm and happy. When the mother becomes anxious her biochemistry changes and the baby also experiences those changes since it shares blood circulation with the mother. After delivery it is even more important for the mother to be calm and happy in order to deliver good care to the infant. ...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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How can I treat my depression...I always feel im not happy..I always cry...Everything around me is not the way i want...I feel my husband doesn't care about me anymore...He is a completely changed person sonce i was pregnant in my second baby....?

How can I treat my depression...I always feel im not happy..I always cry...Everything around me is not the way i want...I feel my husband doesn't care about me anymore...He is a completely changed person sonce i was pregnant in my second baby....?

I am sorry for U: U seems to have mental health issues that need assessment and treatment asap. Talk with u pcp , he can initiate medication for u and or refer u for mental health professional for assessment and treatment with medication and therapy. ...Read more

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Thinking of trying to get pregnant. I take Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression. What are the effects of taking Prozac (fluoxetine) while pregnant on my unborn baby?

Thinking of trying to get pregnant. I take Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression. What are the effects of taking Prozac (fluoxetine) while pregnant on my unborn baby?

Prozac (fluoxetine) ; pregnancy: Prozac (fluoxetine) has been studied extensively in pregnancy. While it's not been shown to cause fetal malformations, it may be associated with neonatal distress at birth (25% risk) and also with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. http://tinyurl.com/l57wsxn I have been a liaison psychiatrist on OB services, and suggest caution with these medications. Please discuss w/your OB ; psychiatrist. ...Read more

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After 2nd child having depression medicine, no periods since 2 child. Is there chance to get pregnant if not having any protection?

After 2nd child having depression medicine, no periods since 2 child. Is there chance to get pregnant if not having any protection?

Definitely: There is definitely a chance of getting pregnant if you're having unprotected sex. Even with protection, you can get pregnant--no method is 100% effective. But if you're having sex without protection, you're trying to get pregnant, even if you haven't started having your period again yet. ...Read more

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I'm 20weeks pregnant, since first week pregnant till now my emotion is very weak and i wanna cry all the time, am i depression? Will it hurt the baby?

I'm 20weeks pregnant, since first week pregnant till now my emotion is very weak and i wanna cry all the time, am i depression? Will it hurt the baby?

Depression: It is mich more likely that your "depression" is due to your pregnany hormones. Make sure you are eating well, get plenty of rest and get some daily exercise. If you are still down talk with your provider. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant with my 2nd child and suffering depression. Does that mean I will have postpartum depression too?

I'm pregnant with my 2nd child and suffering depression. Does that mean I will have postpartum depression too?

There Is Risk: You are at increased risk of continuing to struggle with depression after giving birth. It is important to stay in close contact with the provider working with you on your depression. ...Read more

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Overly emotional lately but pregnancy test was negative. History of depression but don't feel depressed. What could this be?

Overly emotional lately but pregnancy test was negative. History of depression but don't feel depressed. What could this be?

Various causes: There are many medical issues that can cause mood variability with labile emotions. Although your pregnancy test was negative, recommend that you go to your doctor to have a complete evaluation and appropriate testing to definitely rule out pregnancy and/or other underlying conditions. Based on findings, your doctor can either treat or refer you to the appropriate specialist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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030711 6 1/2 months pregnant lost baby and car totaled and to this day have daily headaches and depression and low self esteem?

Trauma and loss: I am so sorry to hear of this. Whether these events happened at the same time or apart, they are significant. If you haven't already, please seek help for those headaches, depression, and low self-esteem. In addition to contacting physicians, please consider contacting your local clergy for support. You've been through a lot. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) be taken during pregnancy for depression without harming the baby? What medications can be taken for depression while pregnant?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) be taken during pregnancy for depression without harming the baby? What medications can be taken for depression while pregnant?

Zoloft (sertraline) most studied: Risks include: spontaneous abortion, preecplampsia, congential cardiac septal defects, endocrine disturbance in the newborn, poor neurodevel outcomes, resp distress in newborn, preterm delivery, low birth weight, small for gestational age. Risk of failure to treat : spontan abort, preterm delivery, low birth weight, suicide, dev delay, behav problems, poor maternal health. Zoloft (sertraline) most oft used. ...Read more

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I have depression and anxiety and on the pill- low dose am taking meds for them if i'm pregnant could that be bad for the baby? Side effects?

I have depression and anxiety and on the pill- low dose  am taking meds for them if i'm pregnant could that be bad for the baby? Side effects?

Pills & pregnancy: If pregnant you would not want to be on birth control pills. Effects of medicines for depression & anxiety on pregnancy, depend on the medicines. This is a risk to benefit discussion to have with your psychiatrist & ob. Many antidepressants are relatively safe, esp. Compared to having a very depressed mom! talk with your doctors; more info also at http://tinyurl.Com/9mfnrxl. ...Read more

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Hello, I delivered my baby girl Feb 3, 2015. She was stillborn. I lost my uncle July 31, 2014. and my sister Jan 11, 2015. I'm having a very hard time grieving and having terrible dreams. People tell me it's the post pregnancy depression mixed with my gri

Hello, I delivered my baby girl Feb 3, 2015. She was stillborn. I lost my uncle July 31, 2014. and my sister Jan 11, 2015. I'm having a very hard time grieving and having terrible dreams. People tell me it's the post pregnancy depression mixed with my gri

Seek prof. help: You are suffering from severe grief, which can lead to depression and anxiety. Multiple losses like this can produce insomnia, loss of appetite, episodes of crying, and feelings of hopelessness. I recommend you seek help from an experienced psychologist. Ask your doctor for some anti-anxiety medication that will help with sleep. Avoid alcohol and staying in bed all day. Take walks with friends ...Read more

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If i'm depressed while pregnant will my child be depressed too?

If i'm depressed while pregnant will my child be depressed too?

Possibly: There have been some studies that show an increased predisposition to mood disorders in offspring of depressed women. It is difficult to separate the influence of "nature" (genes) from "nurture" (upbringing). We also do not know much about effects of lower levels of neurotransmitters, etc on the fetus later in life. There are many ways to overcome the risk, however. Ask pediatric or family doctor. ...Read more

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I am 34w pregnant lately and I have been crying and feeling angry and depressed all the time. Is my baby in danger? Should i seek for medical help?

I am 34w pregnant lately and  I have been crying and feeling angry and depressed all the time. Is my baby in danger? Should i seek for medical help?

Be seen!: Please call you OB and tell them about your symptoms. Up to 20% of women will experience clinical depression or anxiety during their pregnancy. There can be adverse effects both to mother and child if depression is not addressed in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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