Overwhelming emotions, mood swings and fleeting are common during pregnancy. However, not necessarily these pregnancy symptoms will constitute the colloquial pregnancy-blues. There’s something more to it as well.
It’s called antenatal depression; a clinical condition having the potential to disrupt the ability of pregnant women from functioning normally.
So, what is antenatal depression?
Antenatal a.k.a prenatal depression is a form of clinical depression that may affect a woman during pregnancy. A large mass tends to be aware of postnatal depression (PND), hence ignore this phase as a temporary bumpy-ride of emotions.
However, if not given proper attention, it can be harmful to both the mother and unborn child. Given the general lack of awareness of antenatal depression, here are the following facts you should bear in mind:
Fatigue is normal, but 24×7 is not normal
Perhaps, fatigue during pregnancy is absolutely normal, especially in the first few months. For some women, it will be overwhelming while for other it’s mild.
However, if this sustains throughout the entire phase, it’s high time both the expectant mother and her family members address this change.
Overthinking and negative thoughts
About a few studies, researchers have established a link between the psychological and mental status of pregnant women. Depressed mood, guilty thoughts and crying spells for no particular reasons also largely contribute to detecting one’s antenatal depression.
The would-be moms become vulnerable at times imagining some adverse life events. They tend to live in a delusional state which speaks nothing but negativity!
Loss of interest in every possible matter
While pregnancy is perceived to be an exciting time, for some spiraling ill thoughts, expectants may lose interest in almost everything. They seem to have no joy or elation about the arrival of the new one.
Other signs such as lack of appetite, withdrawal from the social life and even breathing hopelessness in each inch of life also yell prenatal depression.
And at times suicidal thoughts
Having recurring thoughts of death is also common when a pregnant woman struggle through this phase. Though suicidal thoughts can be intermittent and not long-lasting, if not addressed in proper time, it can be fatal.
So, to make away with this situation, strike while the iron is hot!
Firstly, take it easy. Every one out of 10 women suffers from antenatal depression. There are many way-outs and ways to overcome it. For instance, joining support groups both online and offline is an effective way. Tons of pregnant ladies put up right ways and share their experiences to fight this depression.
Moreover, take the aid of the midwife by being brutally honest with her. Antenatal depression is not a taboo, don’t hesitate and shy away from confessing. Additionally, talk to a doctor. Taking medicines to cure this nagging yet pathological condition is safe.
Always remember with the right treatment and sound mental support, antenatal depression is just a momentary phase. Stay motivated to fuel both the mind and health. Stop worrying as gradually even with a piecemeal space one bounces back for sure!