Depression during pregnancy: What Should I Do?

Postpartum & Mental Health

In the previous article, we explained pregnancy depression and the causes of pregnancy depression. When you get pregnant and due to various anxieties and stresses, many of you may get pregnant depression.

So, in this article, we will introduce a few more causes of pregnancy depression and how to deal with them.

One of the causes of pregnancy depression has to do with hormonal balance

The reason why these physical stresses, mental stresses, and emotional instability are more likely to occur during pregnancy has to do with hormonal balance. The female hormones called estrogen and progesterone are produced during the follicular and luteal phases and decrease during the menstrual phase.

When a woman becomes pregnant, the body continues to secrete estrogen and progesterone to maintain the pregnancy, which tends to disrupt the hormonal balance. Progesterone, in particular, is thought to be related to mental states such as irritability and emotional ups and downs and is thought to be the cause of depression in early pregnancy.

How to deal with pregnancy depression

Hormonal imbalance can lead to emotional instability, which, combined with physical and mental stress, can lead to pregnancy depression. In order to prevent this from happening, it is important to take action as soon as possible.

Maintain a regular lifestyle

Going to bed early and waking up early and improving your eating habits will help stabilize your mind. Although morning sickness may cause you to eat unbalanced meals, try to eat nutritiously and in a balanced manner.

Don’t keep it all to yourself

One of the characteristics of people who are prone to depression is that they have a strong sense of responsibility and are hard workers. Before you know it, you are stressed out and may end up depressed. Don’t keep it all to yourself, talk to your mother or your friends who are already a mother.

Get help from those close to you

Pregnancy can be even more stressful than usual due to the daily grind of work and housework. As mentioned above, people with a strong sense of responsibility tend to fall into depression, so it may be difficult to tell them, but ask your partner or coworkers to help you with work and housework.

Go to a medical institution

Many people think of medication when they hear the word “depression,” but there are also non-pharmacological treatments. Some clinics which specialize in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine also offer counseling and therapy, which is a magnetic stimulation therapy that can be used for pregnant women.

Conclusion

Some people may take pregnancy lightly, thinking that “it is normal for pregnancy to be hard”, or that “I’m not the only one in pain”, but there are many people who understand you. Don’t keep it to yourself, and try to rely on the people around you.

If you can’t rely on others, try a specialized clinic. At some clinics, you will be supported by doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, dietitians, and many other professionals.

You may have a lot of physical and mental stress during pregnancy, but let’s try to eliminate as much stress as possible that can be alleviated by properly organizing your brains, and we hope that you can have a comfortable pregnant life.

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