Symptoms of depression during pregnancy
Signals of depression during the carrying of the baby are considered anxiety about the physical condition and the upcoming birth. Mood swings and excessive tearfulness lead to sleep disturbance, the inability to wake up in the morning. As a result, there are serious problems with the well-being of the future mother.
The following symptoms of depression during pregnancy:
- rapid fatigue, a feeling of constant fatigue;
- a heightened sense of hunger or lack of appetite;
- chronic sadness;
- lack of joy and pleasure from life;
- not a desire to communicate with anyone;
- fear of going out (agoraphobia);
- low self-esteem;
- feelings of guilt and lack of self-confidence;
- not passing drowsiness;
- suspiciousness and anxiety for any reason;
- heightened sensitivity and tearfulness.
Some women in the situation are constantly in a bad mood, others acutely feel helpless and useless, sometimes leading themselves to thoughts of suicide.
If you can not spend every day in the awareness of the uniqueness of the moment, getting joy and enjoyment, if depression is in the forefront during pregnancy, you should consult a psychologist.
Depression in early pregnancy
Psychologists refer to the first trimester "period of negation." A new life has already arisen, and a woman always forgets about it, of course, if there are no toxemia and other problems. For example, the future mother seriously discusses hiking to the mountains with friends or pondering plans for a business trip coinciding with the 36th week of gestation. And this is absolutely normal, because the abdomen and the first movements of the baby are not there yet.
The beginning of gestation is probably the most difficult period for every woman. The body is reconstructed and gets used to "work in a new way", all systems of the organism, including the nervous one, undergo changes. Stresses, fears about anything (childbirth, baby's health, financial stability, etc.) - all this surrounds the future mother. Often, depression at the beginning of pregnancy is associated with family troubles, the inability to engage in favorite activities (for example, attending sports classes on medical contraindications), the abandonment of the usual things (for example, smoking).
However, one should not confuse frequent mood changes and increased sensitivity to depression. Very many women notice the instability of the emotional background after conception. Strangely enough, such behavior is considered in medicine as one of the indirect signs of the coming pregnancy. The reason for such changes are hormonal changes. Mood swings, drowsiness, fatigue are the physiological norm. But the problems of protracted (two or more weeks) character with a pessimistic attitude, thoughts that everything is terrible and will be even worse, talk about death and constant anxiety indicate a true depression.
No doctor predicts what consequences depression causes during pregnancy. Researchers from Canada found that children, who were put out in conditions of psychoemotional instability, after birth may have a small weight, delayed development and sleep disturbances. A future mother should be seen by a specialist in case of an unbearable anxiety condition.
Depression in early pregnancy
In the second trimester of wearing, a woman realizes that she is pregnant and then there are thoughts that with the birth of a child, her own life will fly somersault. This stage psychologists called "the search for the lost object." Under the object is understood - a favorite work, a certain rhythm and habitual way, friends and colleagues, entertainment, etc. The most interesting thing is that just during this period many women "find themselves new". Someone goes to language courses, others discover the talent of singing, drawing. In general, according to psychologists - this is the most fertile and active period in the life of the future mother. But pregnant women, predisposed to pessimistic thoughts, who have a history of depression, you have to experience real emotional storms.
According to medical data, depression during pregnancy is much more common than in the postpartum period. Both phenomena are not connected in any way, that is, the presence of prenatal depression does not at all mean the appearance of it after the birth of the baby.
Pain syndrome in the back, weight gain, breast engorgement, frequent urination and other features of the body cause negative thoughts in the process of gestation. The harder the pregnancy in physical terms, the more difficult it is for a woman psychologically.
Depression in the early stages of pregnancy is a combination of several negative factors. Hormones that prepare the body for gestation play an important role in changing moods. The appearance of insomnia does not leave a chance for a proper rest. Financial, social problems, misunderstandings in the family can become a kind of catalyst for the unstable psyche of the future mother. If all of the above added to the alarms of the most pregnant, then the level of stress will go off scale.
A woman who has learned about the life that is emerging within her should protect herself from negative information from outside. Carefully you need to choose films and programs for viewing, it's good to get carried away by knitting or embroidering. Create around you a cozy, positive and quiet atmosphere, where there will be no place for dejection and emotions. Remember that stressful situations and negative thoughts are bad for your baby and can even lead to a miscarriage.
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Depression in late pregnancy
In psychology, the third trimester has a clear name - depression. Here often there is a panic among the most balanced natures. Women paint themselves a colorful future with pots, nappies and pots. In the soul from time to time loneliness, discouragement and hopelessness settle. Some pregnant women during this period are angry with husbands, whose life does not crumble, on the mother-in-law, who climb with their advice. The most important thing to resolve yourself sometimes is in a bad mood and respectfully to yourself "like that".
The last months of gestation are inherent: a large abdomen and associated difficulties in movement, a maximum load on the spine and ligament apparatus, a sense of own helplessness, uselessness and dependence on others. Some women believe that they are no longer interesting to their spouses, and this in turn is fraught with increased tearfulness, irritation and resentment.
Depression at the end of pregnancy can be caused by fear of forthcoming births, physical and mental fatigue, external factors. To exacerbate the depressed mood are able to overweight and loss in the opinion of a woman of former sexual attraction. Dissatisfaction with themselves, anger is reflected in the closest people who "do not understand anything and do not support."
Pregnant women in late life sometimes behave strangely: they want to retire, make long walks in nature, or head off to sew and prepare dowry. In fact, it is very important to listen to yourself, your body and then depression during pregnancy will not disturb you. Spend precious time before the birth of the baby on yourself, after the appearance of the baby in the world you will no longer have such luxury.
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Depression in the last weeks of pregnancy
Often, depression during pregnancy is revealed in the last weeks of gestation. The abdomen reaches its maximum size, which prevents full rest, fatigue also reaches its apogee and the woman craves the speedy resolution of pregnancy. Often irritation is spurred by questions from the side: about who is expected, when to give birth, etc.
Scientists argue that depression in the last weeks of pregnancy does not cause much harm to the future mother, but adversely affects the child's subsequent life. Stress, felt by the baby in the process of intrauterine development, forms a certain attitude and ability to cope with complex situations independently after the birth. There is evidence that such children are more difficult to adapt to difficulties, do not know how to cope with life's troubles, develop worse and lag behind peers.
Women on the eve of labor should remember that childbirth and the period of adaptation are easier and faster, the calmer, more balanced, physically and morally prepared future mother. Therefore, do not waste energy and energy negatively emotionally, and engage in something really bringing pleasure to you, because the long-awaited meeting left to wait very briefly.
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Depression at 9 months of pregnancy
Pregnancy is not a continuous euphoria and a sense of celebration, stretching for nine months, but also the time in which new, often unpleasant thoughts and emotions arise. Psychologists recommend to go on maternity leave in a timely manner, and not work until the beginning of the bouts. Of course, the habitual way helps a woman to delay the realization of grandiose life changes. Favorite work, colleagues, a sense of need and importance only for a time protect from meeting with depression during pregnancy. All the efforts after the birth of the baby will still fall on your shoulders, it will be better to prepare yourself morally in advance, avoiding the effect of a snowball.
Depression at 9 months of pregnancy is able to develop into hysteria, if at the time with it can not cope. Nervoz is strengthened because of a heavy stomach, its own awkwardness, it becomes impossible to sleep (suffers from suffocation) and eat (there is heartburn). Anxiety in the future mother is caused by any small thing, and her head is filled with anxious thoughts about childbirth, her health and the baby. Of course, it is difficult to be ready for all the changes in this period. You need to know that worry is normal. Almost every pregnant woman on the ninth month notes how slowly and painfully the time drags on. Cope with waiting help special courses for pregnant women, walks, photoshoots and stuff.
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Depression after a stiff pregnancy
Frozen pregnancy is a tragedy that affects the physical and mental state of a woman. After conception, the body launched the necessary physiological mechanisms to prepare a woman for bearing and giving birth to the baby. Due to various circumstances, embryo development ceases, and it is deleted by an operative route, which leads to a "program malfunction". The loss of a child turns into a real catastrophe, in which a woman blames herself. Gloomy thoughts, pain, misunderstanding, anger, despair and detachment are crazy, capable of leading to suicide attempts.
Depression after a woman's frozen pregnancy requires obligatory attention from close, and sometimes psychological, help. First, you should stop blaming yourself. You can not affect the development of the baby in the womb. Secondly, do not hold back emotions. If tears run down, cry. Thirdly, you need time to recover mentally, energetically and physically. On average, rehabilitation takes from 3 to 12 months. Fourth, go for additional examinations. This will increase your confidence in a favorable outcome in the future.
Depression during pregnancy, ending with the fading of the fetus, is characterized by loss of interest in life, when a woman is no longer happy, and pain and anguish is increasing every day. In this case, you need not postpone the visit to a psychologist. The specialist will prescribe a relaxing program, hypnosis, recommend courses of yoga therapy or acupuncture.
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