Ante partum depression, which is depression during pregnancy is not widely discussed. The US Pregnancy Association estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of women experience depression during pregnancy. The reasons may include hormonal changes in lifestyle, physical, emotional and financial stress changes of pregnancy. Symptoms may include crying, feelings of hopelessness, guilt and sadness. There are ways to deal with depression during pregnancy. Read on to find out how.

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Talk to your doctor about your feelings. Having symptoms of depression can inhibit your ability to care for you and your growing baby. Gynecologists can refer you to a psychiatrist who evaluated further your condition and determine the necessary treatment.



Take prescribed medications correctly. Some antidepressants are considered safe and are prescribed during pregnancy. The doctor will consider the severity of symptoms and the stage of pregnancy and can prescribe medication as part of a treatment plan.


Get enough rest and eat well. Some nutrients are necessary for the brain to function properly. Poor diet can make depression worse. Fatigue can worsen depression. Getting enough sleep can help you feel better.


Exercise. Studies show that exercise can increase beta-endorphins in the brain that improve mood and can improve depression in some people. Ask your doctor about the intensity and type of exercises you can do during pregnancy.


Talk to a mental health professional about your feelings. Get a referral from a licensed social worker, therapist or counselor. He or she can help you talk about your feelings and help you resolve any problems that may be contributing to depression.


Get a support system in place. Get friends, family and significant others to help with chores and errands for people relieve stress. Meet with people who make you laugh or who are good listeners. Join a support group for pregnant women in your area.