This may not be a topic you want to read about or discuss. However, I am here to tell you that the more you talk about it, educate yourself, and learn about depression while pregnant the better it is for you.
And they frankly don’t care about the number of women who have depression while pregnant.
Some Signs That You May Have Depression While Pregnant
It can be hard to pinpoint some of the signs because they can be some of the same sings for many things, including pregnancy. But here is a list of possible signs. Resources can be found here and here.
- changes in sleep and energy level
- changes or loss of appetite
- feelings of sadness, being overwhelmed, or having feelings of hopelessness
- crying a lot or for no reason
- feeling like you are worthless
- suicidal thoughts
- withdrawing from friends and family
- having troubles with your memory or forgetting things
- loss of interest in things that you usually love or enjoy
- getting headaches, stomach pains, or pains that can’t be explained or will not go away
If you are showing signs and/or symptoms for over two weeks then it is time for you to talk to your health care provider. Trust me, they will NOT judge you! They are there to help you.
It may be super scary! But from personal experience I know that it is both scary and also refreshing.
- You admitted to yourself that you are not okay and that you need help.
- You are doing something for you! By reaching out you are doing the first step in getting yourself help and treatment.
- It’s been almost 4 years since I admitted to myself and my husband the at I was not okay and that I needed help. During these last 4 years I have made huge improvements and gains in my mental health journey. Am I cured of my depression and anxiety? Nope. Also during these past 4 years we have had awesome highs and very low lows. Without the help that I’ve had I’m not sure where I’d be today.
- I remember being so scared when I called my OBGYN’s office to get therapist referrals. I was shaking and embarrassed. There were feelings of inadequacy and failure.
- After I got off the phone I remember having a feeling of peace. It seemed strange to go from one extreme to the next.
Hopefully, you can see that not only was it scary but it was necessary and very helpful!
Why is it important for you to get help now? Well, there are so many but I’m going to just focus on a few in this post.
Why Get Help?
Your Baby! There can be many negative affects on your baby as a result of untreated depression while pregnant.
- Not getting the care you need which can affect your babies health
- Increase risk for having your baby too early
- Your babies birth weight may be low
- Possible learning difficulties later in life
You! Yes, you are important!
- You may not take care of yourself during your pregnancy
- Increase or s start in use of drugs and/or alcohol
- There is a higher chance of having Postpartum Depression (PPD) after you delivery your sweet bundle of joy
- Although this is rare but thoughts of suicide
- Harder for you to connect with your baby after delivery
Have I convinced you to seek help if you are are feeling any of these things? I sure hope so. It is nothing, NOTHING, to be ashamed of. If you cut your finger really bad you would go get help, right?
Taking care of your mental health should be a huge priority! If you have depression while pregnant you should want to get help asap for you, your precious baby, and the rest of your family.
Next week I’ll go over some ways to help you deal with your depression while pregnant. So check back to see ways to help you! 🙂
Please reach out to anyone (me included) if you are needing help. Here are also some good resources as well:
Here are some links to blog posts I’ve written about mental health and ways to help oneself.