Over the years, numerous studies have been released warning women about the use of antidepressants in pregnancy. From links to autism and other complications for their children, studies have raised fears. Now a new one has come out saying that some common antidepressants could double the risk of a child being born with a heart defect.
It's terrifying news for the millions of women who suffer from depression, who want to do what's best for their babies but also know the deep, dark pull of depression and how debilitating it can be. The medical community says that treating depression in pregnancy is essential, but the decision to use antidepressants should be based on the balance between benefits and risks, which women should discuss with their doctors.
The good news is that there are plenty of natural options to treat depression in pregnancy. They're not right or enough for everyone, but they are definitely something to consider and discuss with your doctor or midwife.
Here are six of the most popular natural ways to treat and prevent depression in pregnancy.
1. Light Therapy
Studies have shown that regular light therapy during pregnancy can improve or even eliminate the symptoms of depression in women.
This increasingly popular technique that comes from Eastern medicine has been shown effective for treating depression in pregnancy as well.
It's not just good for your physical health, it's one of the easiest ways there is to improve your mental health as well. Whether it's walking, swimming, or playing a sport, exercise should be part of your daily pregnant life.
There are a host of foods that are thought to help with depression. According to Natural News, the five tops ones include: omega-3s (found in things like fish oils and walnuts), brown rice, brewer's yeast, whole-grain oats, and cabbage.
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6. Support Groups
Talking with others who have experience with what you're going through can be reassuring and helpful in alleviating symptoms.
How have you dealt with depression during pregnancy?
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