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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

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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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 is post partum depression all about? I've heard women get this after there pregnancy?

What is post partum depression all about? I've heard women get this after there pregnancy?

Post Partum: Post partum depression has an onset within 4 weeks after childbirth. The symptoms are more severe than the "baby blues" and can last for months. One can feel sad, hopeless, lack of joy, tired, irritable, change in appetite/sleep, difficulty bonding with the baby, thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself or the baby, isolating from family/friends. If left untreated it can last for many months longer. ...Read more

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Why do some women get depressed during pregnancy?

Why do some women get depressed during pregnancy?

Risk Factors: There are hormonal changes that can cause some women to experience mood fluctuations. Also, women with a previous history of depression are at greater risk. In addition, if a woman is experiencing a general lack of support or severe environmental stress, there would be a greater risk of depression. ...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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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