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Mental Health in Pregnancy and Beyond
Dawn Kingston Ph.D.
Many women think that if they struggle with depression or anxiety during pregnancy it will all go away when the baby is born. Recent studies tell us this just isn’t true.
We’ve always believed that mild mood swings are normal in pregnancy and that they go away on their own when the baby is born. But for some women, it’s more than a mood swing.
I saw young women trying so hard to be perfect mothers. What was the measure?
Most pregnant women who need help for anxiety or depression don’t have the chance to get it.
I’m a recovering perfectionist, and I understand firsthand the pain of perfectionism.
There are two sides to perfectionism—a positive side and a destructive side.
Pregnancy offers many “extra opportunities” for perfectionism to bubble to the surface. Is there hope?
The most deep-seated fear is an intense shame that you’ve harmed your baby. This fear can’t be verbalized, it’s the one that you can barely bring yourself to think about.
With a countdown of less than 9 months (depending on when pregnancy is detected!), many pregnant women give sleep a low priority, thinking that they’ll catch up while they’re “off”
She wanted to tell someone. Anyone. But telling came at a big price. The should have’s. The should do’s. The you should not’s.
And she just couldn’t face it.
You may be surprised that our research shows that as many as 30% to 40% of pregnant women have “sub-clinical” symptoms of anxiety and depression.
25% of pregnant women suffered from mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.
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Dawn Kingston, Ph.D., RN, is an associate professor at the University of Calgary specializing in perinatal mental health.