You must have heard about postpartum depression, which many women suffer from. However, there isn’t enough information about antenatal depression or depression during pregnancy. In this article, we will shed the light on this type of depression, to provide more information and support in the field of women’s mental health.
Depression is a psychological disorder that directly affects the mood, it causes deep sadness, loss of interest in many things, and hopelessness. This disorder if left untreated, or if it lasts too long can affect the daily life of the affected person.
Antenatal depression happens for many reasons mostly due to changes that occur during pregnancy, whether physical like weight increase, changes in body shape, or the effects on skin and hair. Or due to hormonal changes that can cause mood swings, pregnancy blues, and depression.
Depression during pregnancy can affect the mother’s health especially if she fails to follow a healthy diet, or a healthy lifestyle, which makes her prone to pregnancy complications. Depression can disrupt the mom-fetus connection, which studies showed has a great effect on the physical and emotional health of the fetus.
There is no specific timeline for this type of depression. It can last a few weeks or a whole nine months. It depends on the help the affected woman is getting. The important thing is not to ignore the symptoms, to follow a healthy lifestyle, and to get assistance.
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