Welcome back Mama’s we are taking a bit more of a serious turn this week to chat about a topic that is not too widely know about during pregnancy, Antenatal depression.
Wikipedia defines it as: Antenatal depression, also known as Prenatal depression, is a form of clinical depression that can affect a woman during pregnancy, and can be a precursor to postpartum depression if not properly treated. It is estimated that 7% to 20% percent of pregnant women are affected by this condition
Building a baby is no easy task, and it comes with some very obvious ups and downs. Hormones are at play here (yep, again!) and it is not uncommon to feel stressed out or anxious about the changes that will be happening in your life (also to your body) in a few short months. You are not alone in those feelings and many Moms that have gone before you have had exactly the same worries. But when your worries and anxiety takes over more than your feelings of joy and excitement, its time to chat to your doctor. If not properly treated antenatal depression can lead to postnatal depression.
Here are some signs to look out for:
- Inability to concentrate
- Difficulty remembering
- Feeling emotionally detached
- Extreme irritability
- Sleeping too much or not enough, or restless sleep
- Endless fatigue
- Feeling isolated
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss/gain unrelated to pregnancy
- No interest in sex
- An ongoing feeling of dread
- Feeling like a failure
- Feeling guilty all of the time
- Persistent sadness
- Suicidal thoughts
Reading this list, I can already here some of you saying “Oh my goodness! That’s me!” Remember that through your pregnancy, and lets be real your non-pregnant self, you can feel a number of these. What you are looking out for is if that these feelings are consistent and build on each other, that is when to seek help. Most importantly, it is fixable and you will be back to your old happy self in no time – come back next week as we chat about Mindfulness during your pregnancy and how this can also help with feelings of anxiety.
Remember Mama, you’ve got this x