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Mental Health in Pregnancy and Beyond
Dawn Kingston Ph.D.
During pregnancy, it can feel like thinking about the baby is taking up all of your mental space along with body space—leaving precious little room for you.
For women with a history of depression and anxiety, symptom management is key.
Even in bad times, pregnant women can remain emotionally healthy by recognizing that some degree of strong feelings is normal and appropriate.
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Couples who are undergoing infertility treatments have higher rates of depression.
Some anxiety is normal during pregnancy but if you are experiencing severe symptoms that interfere with your quality of life for more than two weeks, see your healthcare provider.
Depression during pregnancy is almost as common as postnatal depression and can be safely treated without risking the baby’s health.
For 40 percent of women, prenatal depression and anxiety carry on through postpartum and well into the early childhood period.
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common complications in pregnancy. They are more common than diabetes and high blood pressure.
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best preventive strategies available to pregnant women. It can help prevent postpartum depression as well as birth complications.
Up to 80% of women who struggle with postpartum depression had symptoms that could have been detected first in pregnancy. Early detection could save months of hardship.
We used to think depression in pregnancy went away on its own. Now we know that without treatment, 40 percent of women with depression in pregnancy still have symptoms when their child starts school.
Pregnant women and new mothers were more likely to be depressed, but less likely to have access to services that might have intervened to save their lives.
Depression, anxiety, and extreme stress during and after pregnancy is common in new mothers, but fear can prevent women from getting help.
Writing therapy has shown some remarkable results, including boosting the immune system, but it seems to be most effective as a way to relieve stress
Nesting can be an incredibly exciting and positive time. But then, the results come in. Pregnancy loss.
The fear (and myth) that there is only one option for depression treatment—medication—keeps many women from even talking to their doctor about their struggles.
Being depressed or anxious during pregnancy isn’t a new phenomenon. In fact, research is showing that depression and anxiety are more common during pregnancy than after delivery.
A sole focus on postpartum depression at the exclusion of what happens in pregnancy makes it confusing and difficult for pregnant women.
Up to 80 percent of pregnant women experience some kind of sleep disturbance in pregnancy. That means that almost every pregnant woman sleeps less — or less soundly.
In the Australian study, women who reported the most conflict in their relationship with their partner during pregnancy were over four times more likely to experience depression.
While the pandemic can add stress during pregnancy, reducing pregnancy anxiety and postpartum depression during COVID-19 is possible. Here's how.
Women with postpartum depression usually have some warning signs while pregnant.
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If you’ve experienced depression in the past, you risk developing it in pregnancy or postpartum. Emotional distress may be a risk… but it is not a destiny.
Getting enough sleep during pregnancy may be your most powerful tool in warding off postpartum depression.
Staying home while physical distancing during COVID-19 can make it hard to stay motivated to exercise. But what if you knew it could improve your perinatal emotional well-being?
Taking the time out to work on your relationship during pregnancy, including a regular date night, may help prevent postpartum depression.
High stress in pregnancy tends to carry on through the year after delivery and beyond.
When was the last time you said, “I just can’t take one more thing”? Or thought, “I’m at the end of my rope”? For many women, this is a daily experience.
Dawn Kingston, Ph.D., RN, is an associate professor at the University of Calgary specializing in perinatal mental health.