Getting ready to bring a new child into the world is a wonderful feeling for most women. During pregnancy its common for expecting mothers to deal with loads of physical changes such as swollen hands or feet, morning sickness, nausea and back pain. These new changes in the body are also commonly accompanied with – changes in feelings and emotional concerns, such as pre-birth anxiety etc. But overall, the experience of those nine months is something that most women cherish for the rest of their lives – some even come back for a second or a third round!

Pregnancy is an experience that’s normally associated with happiness, joy, excitement, celebrations, baby showers; and a preparation to take on new responsibilities for a new member at home. While these experiences are normally positive, sometimes all this can tend to get too overwhelming for some mothers. So much so, that they can be bordering on a clinical condition.

Depression affects over 10% pregnant women as per statistical records

Clinical depression or anxiety is clearly a condition that is risky both for the mothers as well as their unborn children.

Are you suffering from depression in the middle of your pregnancy? Its not ok.

Psychotherapy can help and even treat depression or anxiety during pregnancy.
Both you and your baby’s health are important. You should get the help you need. Prolonged feelings of sadness or negativity, disturbances in sleep, lack of appetite, lack of concentration are some common symptoms of depression. These problems often get are overlooked because families tend to see all these as normal. And due to this oversight these are not reported to doctors or to other specialists.

Not treating depression and other mental illnesses during pregnancy could pose a serious risk. Mothers, who have had mental health problems prior to their pregnancy, are more likely to develop them during the course of pregnancy or post pregnancy. Mental health problems get more severe and progress rapidly if the problem occurs after the child’s birth.

While weight gain can is natural during pregnancy, in some instances it may be more than natural. Expecting mothers are also have strange experiences, severe lack of appetite, and even mood shifts due to deep sadness. In such instances, treatment of depression becomes very essential.

There are risks to the unborn child if mothers take medication during pregnancy. Not taking the prescribed medicines is also a risk as it may make the mother more unwell. In many cases of post-partum depression that there is a drastic drop in the hormones after the delivery of the infant.

If you are facing these experiences or symptoms, first discuss them with your doctor.

The following aspects should be discussed with your doctor:

– Mental health problems and its severity faced in the past and present
– Risk of problems getting more severe
– If in past the same problem had occurred, then what treatment helped to get well at that time
– Whether any medication used to treat mental illness is harmful to the baby?

Mental illness is not the only thing that one must look out for – therapy can be helpful even to deal with smaller, less threatening difficulties of pregnancy. Most mothers experience baby blues, or postpartum depression, after the first week of giving birth. During this phase mothers feel low and tearful. However this can affect their daily lives at home. They may require help and support to manage their feelings. They can seek this support from a counsellor or a therapist as well.

Let us look at some natural ways to get rid of depression during pregnancy:

1. Light Therapy
Women facing depression during pregnancy is very risky. Treating depression may raise concerns during maternity and foetus well being. Care should be ensured for the mother and risk to her foetus should be minimized. In such cases light therapy is known to be safe and effective. This therapy is a natural therapy so it appeals to the masses.

2. Acupressure
Pregnant mothers having symptoms of depression worry in taking anti- depressants as it may be a threat to their foetus. Acupressure is a good alternative that serves in reducing the depression symptoms.

3. Light Exercise
Depression rates are found to be higher with lack of exercising during pregnancy. In order to have good physical and psychological health mild exercises like walking or gentle yoga poses and meditations are highly recommended.

4. Good Diet
It is very important for expecting mothers to look after their health be it psychological or on a physical level. Habits such as eating a balanced nutritional meal, having regular diet, along with some amount of physical activity- with a doctors consent, can help release natural anti-depressant compounds in one’s bloodstream.

5. Good Sleep
Lack of sleep is a common problem for those having depression. Sleep affects and impacts one’s mood. So it is important to learn and follow good sleeping habits as good quality sleep will have a positive impact on one’s pregnancy.

In case you are facing problems during pregnancy, you can easily find help and support. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Therappo’s online counselling is always happy to assist, care and discuss any particular problem that you may have.

There is a lot to learn and understand from experiences of anxiety and depression. Try out Therappo’s online counselling, they have counsellors and therapists who specialize in depression, mood and anxiety disorders that occur during pregnancy.

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