Depression is an illness that affects the way people think, act and feel. About 6% of women will experience depression at some point in their lives. This number increases to about 10% (1 in 10) for women who are pregnant.
The good news is that depression can be treated. Read the signs listed below, and talk to your doctor if you have any of them. Let your partner and family members know the signs so that they can also be aware. If you don’t get help, depression can cause problems for you and your baby.
What are the signs of depression?
Depression can come on slowly. The symptoms are different for everyone. They can be mild, moderate or severe. Some of the more common signs are:
- changes in hunger, such as eating excessively or having little enthusiasm for
- changes in sleep, such as trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- absence of vitality
- feeling sad, hopeless or worthless
- crying for no reason, and
- loss of interest or pleasure in activities you normally enjoy
New moms with depression may have trouble caring for their baby. They might not want to spend time with their baby, which can lead to a baby who cries a lot.
How does depression affect pregnant women?
If you have depression while you’re pregnant, you may have trouble caring for yourself.
Depression during pregnancy can also lead to:
- delivering before the due date
- giving birth to a small baby (low birth weight).
On the off chance that misery amid pregnancy isn’t dealt with, it can prompt post birth anxiety. Post pregnancy anxiety is a genuine condition that can keep going for quite a long time in the wake of conceiving an offspring. It can influence your wellbeing and how well you bond with your child.About 13% of new mother experience postpartum depression, which is more serious and lasts longer. You are at a greater risk if you have a family history of depression or have had depression before.
Some of the symptoms include:
- feeling like you can’t care for your baby,
- extreme anxiety
- trouble making decisions,
- feeling very sad,
- hopelessness, and
- feeling out of control.
No one knows exactly what causes postpartum depression. If you think you have the symptoms, it’s important to get help right away. Postpartum depression needs to be treated. Talk to your doctor or call your local public health office.
If you’re depressed, will it affect your children?
Depression is treatable. But if it is not treated, it will affect your children.
Moms who are depressed may have trouble caring for their children. They may be loving one minute and withdrawn the next. They may respond to their child in a negative way or not respond at all. Your feelings and your behavior will affect your ability to care for your children.Be a good mother and try your best to keep calm with all situations that can make you feel depressed. It also can make your baby to feel better as much as you feel.