Depressed and Pregnant: Are You?

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Screening for depression during and after pregnancy is good for women, their babies, and their families, says a new opinion issued yesterday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Clinical depression is the leading cause of disability in women in the United States. Between 14% and 23% of pregnant women experience symptoms of depression, and an estimated 5% and 25% of women (200,000 to over a million) will suffer from postpartum depression every year.

Depression is bad for you—and your kids. It can lead to preeclampsia, preterm delivery, and low birth weight. If it goes untreated, your depression can adversely affect your infant's cognitive, neurologic, and motor skill development, and your older children's mental health and behavior.

While most OB/Gyns don't currently conduct routine screenings for depression among their pregnant patients, the College strongly urges that they begin to do so.

Are you feeling depressed? Have you talked to your doctor about it?

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Momma... MommaJam886

Ante-natal depression is very real and is very difficult to handle. You need to ask your doctor for a treatment plan the includes daily exercise like swimming and walking. I had a few months of ante-natal depression in my last trimester with my second baby and it was scary. Luckily, my doctor was on the ball and gave me exercise treatments, which helped. After the baby was born, it went away, but it can often turn into post-partum depression, especially if you are nursing. I am going to do a podcast interview on this topic because it's so important and under reported.

oogie... oogiesmommy

 I know the life circumstances to which have caused my depression, but I shake it for a while and then it comes back. It seems like it's always over my head. I'm pregnant with my second child and I've never had issues about neglecting the needs of my daughter so in that I dont believe I had the postpartum end of the deal. I've just had a lot of pain and heartache over the past few years and no matter how good things get, I fall into a depression that I have to dig myself out of over and over. I dont want to be medicated though. Can anyone help me find natural ways to curb my depression?

tonya... tonyalynn

i was at first, but talking to family really helped

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