Pregnancy and Depression

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Pregnancy and Depression

October 15, 2018
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I have the Pregnancy Glow, so why do I feel so sad?

On the outside

  • Your hair may look great, long, lush, healthy and shiny
  • Your skin has never looked better, pimples have disappeared
  • Your fingernails are finally growing and they are strong and pretty

People might say, “ You look so goooood!!”

“You definitely have that pregnancy glow!”

but...On the inside

  • You feel overwhelmed
  • You haven’t felt a connection to your baby
  • You feel so tired
  • You doubt whether or not you can be a good mother
  • You don’t feel excited about the baby

And you begin to wonder, “ Is something wrong with me?”

Nothing is wrong with you!

These are normal feelings.

At some point in their pregnancy, many women feel this way.

  • There is plenty of time to deal with feeling overwhelmed.
  • There is plenty of time to connect to your baby.
  • Your tiredness will go away.
  • You will become confident that you will be a good mom.
  • You will feel excitement at some point in your pregnancy.

However, if that doesn't happen,

Depression is real.

Some women experience depression throughout their pregnancy ( antepartum depression)

Some women experience depression after they give birth ( postpartum depression )

Depression might look like this:

  • Not wanting to eat healthy
  • Not wanting to go to doctor visits
  • Using alcohol or illicit drugs to cope
  • You have no desire to take care of yourself

Feelings of despair, helplessness, or wanting to harm yourself or your baby are serious and need to be discussed with  your doctor. They can help you through this time.

You are not alone and you are not the only mom who has felt this way!

There is help…

                                                        and there is hope

 

 Trisha Picture

Trisha has been a Registered Nurse for twenty-five years. She connects with pregnant women in a personal, cheerful and caring way. At Mary’s House, she is the Clinic Director who can answer questions as a nurse and encourage you as a good friend would.

The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Any information found on this site should be discussed with a healthcare professional. Use of this information should be done in accordance with the health care plan outlined by your healthcare professional. For specific medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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