Upon learning that you are pregnant, you may feel a variety of emotions. Some women feel overwhelmed and scared, while others are excited and happy. There is no right or wrong way to feel; all of these emotions are valid!
How Will I Feel?
Some women discover that their moods fluctuate while they are pregnant. During early pregnancy, they may feel moody. This is very common; during this time, pregnancy hormones flood your body, which may make you feel weepy and emotional.
Some women may also experience depression during their pregnancy. About 7% of women experience depression while pregnant, and this percentage can fluctuate based on concerns such as their country’s overall income levels.
What Is Depression?
Depression, the most common mood disorder, is characterized by a prolonged feeling of sadness and loss of interest.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in libido
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of interest in doing things
- Changes in sleep
- Change in appetite
- Low energy levels
Certain risk factors make someone having depression more likely. During pregnancy, some of these risk factors include:
- Life stress
- Poor social support
- History of depression
- Unintended pregnancy
- Intimate partner violence
If you have experienced any of these risk factors or believe that you have signs of depression, it is crucial that you speak with a trusted mental health professional as soon as you are able. Your mental health matters, and you deserve to get the help that you need.
Engaging in self-care activities, getting plenty of sleep, eating well, and participating in physical activity may also help you deal with difficult mood swings or any symptoms of depression.
Have More Questions?
If you would like more information about depression or would like to discuss your pregnancy options, reach out to Women’s Care Medical Center!
We are here to answer your questions about health and wellness, as well as provide you with free, confidential services. You are not alone. Contact us today!