How common is depression and pregnancy?
Although many people consider pregnancy a time of happiness, about 10% to 20% of moms-to-be struggle with symptoms of depression.
What increases the risk of depression in pregnancy?
- Having a history of depression or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder, a severe type of PMS)
- Age at time of pregnancy; the younger one is, the higher the risk.
- Living alone or having limited familial support
- Limited social support
- Marital conflict or domestic violence
- Uncertainty about the pregnancy https://webmd.com/
What are the effects of depression and pregnancy?
Depression can interrupt adequate self care during pregnancy. One may find difficulty in following medical recommendations as well as eating and sleeping properly
Evidence suggests that many antidepressant medicines are safe for treating depression during pregnancy, and will not harm the growing baby. According to the results from short-term studies. Long-term effects have not been as fully studied.
Talk to a doctor about the possible risks and benefits of antidepressants. He or she can work with you to manage the symptoms and develop a treatment plan.
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