Symptoms of Pregnancy Depression

What are The Symptoms of Pregnancy Depression?

There are many pregnancy depression symptoms and it is almost impossible to number all of them because they differ from person to person.

On this page, you can read about the most common symptoms of pregnancy depression and you can learn about their categorization.

Categorization is always useful for clarity and better understanding.

Symptoms of pregnancy depression can be divided in

four groups:

  • physical
  • cognitive
  • emotional
  • behavioral
  • Physical symptoms of pregnancy depression:

    • Headaches

    • Chronis unexplained pain

    • Sore muscle

    • Sweating

    Cognitive pregnancy depression symptoms:

    • Thinking about suicide

    • Having thoughts about abortion even though it is a planed pregnancy

    • Constant negative thinking

    • Problem concentrating

    Emotional symptoms of pregnancy depression:

    • Hopelessness

    • Worthlessness

    • Feeling "empty"

    • Hating your body

    Behavioral pregnancy depression symptoms:

    • Social withdrawal

    • Insomnia or oversleeping

    • Aggression

    • Alcohol problems

    • Excessive crying

    • Blaming your husband for getting you pregnant

    Most frequent question about symptoms of pregnancy depression:

    If I have one or more symptoms of pregnancy depression does it mean I am depressed?

    Not necessarily, having one or two symptoms of any illness does not mean that you suffer from that disease. Diagnosis must always be done by a professional and nobody else because a diagnosis is a very important part of a successful treatment. Self-diagnosis should always be avoided as well as diagnosis by a non-professional individual.

    What can I do to relieve myself from symptoms of pregnancy depression?

    The best thing you can do is to take part in psychotherapy and make some changes in your life. You need to confront your illness (in this case depression) and work on its causes. The place where this is done is psychotherapy.

    What are the causes of pregnancy depression?

    The exact causes of depression are not known, however, factors that do contribute to a pregnancy depression are hormonal change that women go through during pregnancy and after the child birth, history of depression in patient or her family, alcohol or substance abuse, physical and emotional abuse by her husband and so on.

    Can I moderately drink alcohol during pregnancy?

    No,. self-medicating with alcohol or any other drugs will not help you with your symptoms of pregnancy depression. Alcohol will only make you more depressed and vulnerable because alcohol is a depressant.

    During pregnancy, any consumption of alcohol is too much for many reasons and it should be avoided as well as smoking. Therefore, there is no such a thing as drinking moderately during pregnancy.

    Do all women experience some symptoms of pregnancy depression during their pregnancy? Is that normal?

    During pregnancy, all women go through hormonal change, but not all of them experience symptoms of depression. Of course, some symptoms such as headaches or irritation, many women experience without being pregnant. However more severe symptoms of pregnancy depression (e.g. hopelessness, thinking about abortion or suicide) are definitely not normal and should be addressed immediately.

    If I have mild symptoms of depression during pregnancy, should I get treatment?

    Pregnancy depression symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. No matter how mild your symptoms may be, you should seek help at least in the form of support from your family. Mild symptoms of depression during pregnancy should not be ignored but addressed accordingly.

    During pregnancy, you should do everything you can to make your pregnancy a joyful time. You need support, understanding and love. If you are loved during your pregnancy, your unborn baby is loved as well.

    If you are depressed or suffer for some other reasons, your baby suffers with you. Therefore, if you have any symptoms of pregnancy depression you should talk to your physician and find relief for yourself and your baby from those symptoms. Do not let your baby suffer for no reason. Remember that depression is very successfully treated if a person is in the appropriate therapy.

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