new baby is a big change in a woman’s life. Many new
mothers get support from family, childbirth classes, and
visits to their doctor or midwife.
swings are common in pregnancy. But some women feel much
worse. A mother-to-be may have crying spells. She may have
trouble sleeping or not feel like eating. Sometimes, she
can have panic attacks or thoughts of suicide. Women who
feel this way need help.
Symptoms of Depression
Feel sad or “down” all the time, or almost
all the time
Have sleep problems
Not feel like eating (not because of morning sickness)
too guilty about something
Worry all the time about your own or your baby's health
panic attacks with a racing heartbeat and trouble breathing
Think about something all the time (obsession) or do something
over and over (ritual) that makes it hard for you to do
thoughts of death or suicide
What Should I Do About It?
Without help, depression can make it hard for you to enjoy
your pregnancy. It may also make it hard for you to bond
with your baby. This can lead to long-term problems.
you think are depressed, get help from your doctor or midwife.
Don’t be afraid to talk about it during prenatal visits.
If your doctor gives you pills for depression, take them
every day. Let your doctor know if the pills don’t
additional information: www.pregnancyanddepression.com
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