Perinatal depression can affect any expectant mother. A new pregnancy is challenging in itself and depression on top of pregnancy is difficult. Your mental health is always important, but especially during pregnancy. Know that you don’t have to stay hopeless anymore. Help and hope are available as you take steps forward. We want to share with you some great ways to receive support as you navigate pregnancy with depression and seek to overcome it. You are not alone!
Receive the Support You Need during pregnancy
What is Perinatal Depression?
The National Institute of Mental Health defines perinatal depression is a mood disorder that occurs during pregnancy and after childbirth. The word “perinatal” means before and after the birth of a child. Perinatal depression includes prenatal depression, which occurs during pregnancy, and postpartum depression, which is depression that occurs after childbirth. Mothers with perinatal depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and fatigue that can make it difficult for them to carry out daily tasks, including caring for themselves or others.
Depression during pregnancy occurs normally during or throughout the first year after having a baby. It’s a very common medical condition of pregnancy and affects about 15 percent of pregnant women.
Without the proper support and care, prenatal depression can affect how you care for yourself and your baby during pregnancy. It can affect how you eat, think, feel, and can interfere with your day-to-day life. It’s important to tell your doctor that you are facing this issue as depression can cause premature birth and other complications.
Some great treatment options include psychotherapy and counseling, depending on how severe your situation is. Talk to someone you trust about your situation, as you need extra emotional and practical support during this time.
Don’t Blame Yourself
One of the best things you can do for yourself while pregnant and facing depression is to take the pressure and stress off yourself. Depression is not your fault and is a common medical condition. Many pregnant women face the same thing every day. Move forward in confidence knowing you can and will get through this with the right support and resources.
Help is Available
Have the courage to receive help today. While it can be difficult to share your situation, getting professional help is vital to your health and the health of your baby. You deserve to feel good and enjoy your pregnancy and baby.
Talk to us today at First Care Clinic to learn about our support services and we can connect you with someone who can help.