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Depression in Pregnancy Treatment Center in Lahore

If you’re pregnant, chances are you’ve heard about postpartum depression. But did you know that many women also experience depression during pregnancy?

Here’s what you need to know about pregnancy and depression.

How common is depression during pregnancy?

Pregnancy can be a time of joy — and stress. Research suggests that about 7% of pregnant women experience depression during pregnancy.

Depression, a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, is the most common mood disorder in the general population. The condition occurs twice as often in women as in men, and the initial onset of depression peaks during a woman’s reproductive years.

Why does depression during pregnancy often go unrecognized?

Some symptoms of depression, including changes in sleep, energy level, appetite, and libido, are similar to symptoms of pregnancy. As a result, you or your health care provider might attribute these symptoms to your pregnancy, rather than depression.

Women might also be reluctant to talk to their health care providers about changes in moods during pregnancy, due to the stigma associated with depression. There’s also a tendency to focus more on women’s physical health during pregnancy, rather than mental health.

What are the risk factors for depression during pregnancy?

Some risk factors for depression during pregnancy include:

  • Anxiety
  • Life stress
  • History of depression
  • Poor social support
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Intimate partner violence

What are the signs and symptoms of depression during pregnancy?

The signs and symptoms of depression during pregnancy are the same as those that occur with depression in the general population. However, additional clues that might indicate depression during pregnancy include:

  • Excessive anxiety about your baby
  • Low self-esteem, such as feelings of inadequacy about parenthood
  • The inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable
  • Poor response to reassurance
  • Poor adherence to prenatal care
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol or using illicit drugs
  • Poor weight gain due to a decreased or inadequate diet
  • Thoughts of suicide

 

Some research suggests that depressive episodes occur more frequently during the first and third trimesters.

Why is the treatment for depression during pregnancy important?

If you have untreated depression, you might not seek optimal prenatal care, eat the healthy foods your baby needs, or have the energy to care for yourself. You are also at increased risk of postpartum depression and having difficulty bonding with your baby.

Depending on the severity of your depression, treatment options might include psychotherapy or antidepressants in addition to psychotherapy.

What are the recommendations for screening for depression during pregnancy?

Health Republic provides services for depression and anxiety during pregnancy which consists of questions about mood and anxiety. Your answers are scored and your total score can be used to identify whether you have depression.

If you think you might have depression during pregnancy, don’t wait and talk to the consultant about how you’re depression stress in pregnancy.

Depending on the severity of your depression, treatment options might include psychotherapy or antidepressants in addition to psychotherapy.

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