DEPRESSION

DEPRESSION

Depression is fairly common during pregnancy. It can come and go, but because of shifting hormone levels, it is not uncommon to experience at least one bout of depression at Some point during the forty weeks of pregnancy. Mood swings are common too. It is not unusual to find that you are more emotional and volatile during pregnancy. It helps people around you are sympathetic to this and know what to expect. Recommendations Do not continue to feel depressed without seeking help. Having someone to talk to and knowing that you are not alone in experiencing these feelings can help you to cope during times of depression. Acupuncture has been used successfully for hundreds of years to treat depression. Exercise can help to lessen depression. Be open about your fears and concerns relating to having a child. Pregnancy and childbirth are profound experiences, and many women experience feelings of anxiety about the responsibilities attached to this event. Pregnancy is a complicated emotional experience, and you should be aware that it is normal not to be happy all the time. If you become pregnant while taking antidepressants to consult your physician about the possible effect on the development of the fetus. You should not stop taking your medication without discussing it with your physician.

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