As we all know, 2020 and 2021 was a tough year and even tougher when you are dealing with pregnancy and depression. Recent studies have shown an increase of depression in pregnant women most assume it is due to the isolation and lack of support. Now that we are coming out of the pandemic depression is still prevalent and can be hard to get the help people need. What are signs I need to look for if I am pregnant and dealing with sadness. If you have had depression in the past, you are at a higher risk for developing postpartum or prenatal depression. Other signs include Not being able to connect with your baby during pregnancy, lack of support, living alone, thoughts of suicide or harm to self, having a depressed mood for over two weeks for more than half a day every day, feelings of hopelessness, worthless feelings, difficulties concentrating and making decisions, lack of sleep and lost of interest in things your normally enjoyed for over a two-week period. If you have answered yes to any of the above symptoms contact your ob-gyn or call a mental health provider. Remember you are not alone. Many women experience prenatal depression and come out fine. If you are feeling lonely and isolated and depressed during your pregnancy a few small tips. Reach out to a mental health provider, call a friend, go for a walk daily, drink lost of water, take a shower, change your environment, and breathe.
written by: Tara Towler Cumby LPC CPCS