Here's why I slipped into Depression During My pregnancy
04 Mar 2016
“I am a 28year old woman. I always thought that having a baby will be the best time of my life. I used to hear all these stories about how wonderful it is to have babies which turned out to be so not true for me. I quit my job that I loved so much to have this baby. Then, I would be alone all day, without much support.
My husband would be in his office all day, return home along with some of his office work. I would throw up, will be feeling sick all the time but I would be all alone, nobody to take care of me or my baby. I started thinking, “Am I in this pregnancy alone?”
“ What if this lack of support extends after my baby is born too?”, “How will I raise my baby all by myself?”. Eventually I started getting heavily stressed because of this.
I started ignoring my sleep and eating habits, I would get crying spells, stopped taking interest in things I liked to do and would be irritable most of the time. I would blame myself, my husband and others for the situation that I was in. In some time I realized what am I doing, especially to my baby?
I decided to take help because my anxiety would get out of hands sometimes and I knew seeing a mental health professional is just the right thing to do.
My psychologist and I met at ePsyClinic.com on Video. She heard me out and told me depression and anxiety is common and with the decreasing social support, it is becoming even more common.
She started working on de-stressing me first. I also took sessions to vent out my inner fears and concerns without being judged which helped me out a out. And then, we worked on what can be best done in the situation. My husband took a couple of sessions with me too in interest of my and the baby’s well-being and things started changing.
My husband is supportive, we would go to pre-birth classes together and when he is not around, I spent a great time by myself too. I was capable of taking care of myself and my baby even when without support and even felt good about it. World seemed much better to me and I got blessed with a perfect and healthy baby girl. Now I totally understand what those stories about how wonderful it is to have babies actually meant and they are true!”
Pregnancy is an emotionally and physically taxing time for any woman. It brings on a lot of bodily changes, social and work changes and physiological changes which can be very overwhelming.
These were some of the symptoms I battled during Pregnancy. See of you can relate to these..
Decreased interest in activities that used to be interesting
Feelings of worthlessness
Getting too much sleep, or not enough sleep
Feelings of hopelessness
Thoughts of suicide
Some of the risk factors that led me in to depression were
Poor social support
Relationship/ marital discord
Having experienced traumatic or stressful events in the past year
Previous history of anxiety or depression
Depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy if go untreated can actually be harmful for the unborn child because it can lead to low birth weight, premature birth, poor neurological development of the baby and can cause respiratory and other kinds of distress with the womb. It clearly put the mother at risk too. I stopped taking care of my physical health and if I had not taken help, my symptoms could have extended to too leading to more serious psychological problem.
Make your pregnancy the best time of your life! Seek help but do not suffer in silence. It helped me.. It will certainly help you
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