Depression during pregnancy

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am so sorry you are going through this. I don’t have experience from my own personal life, but my best friend suffers from depression. She suffered terribly while pregnant wtih her son and is on medication to relieve her panic attacks, etc.

Honestly, if you can, go for a consult with your doctor. Please don’t be embarassed – they see this every day and can help you feel better, and treat what is going on. I know it’s hard to do, but I think for your own sake, the sake of your baby & family, and the remainder of your pregnancy, it’s important that you do.

You deserve to be enjoying this time in your life, and know what’s going on. If you are depressed (and it sounds like you are, you’ve been through the ringer) there are lots of options for you to treat it and feel better.

I hope you can find the courage to speak to someone and get the help you need and deserve, you don’t need to suffer alone and I’m glad you reached out to us bee’s 🙂

Please keep us posted, and please – make an appt with your doctor and at least see what he/she thinks. 🙂


Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@figgnewton:  You’re not the only one, it actually has a name: antepartum depression.  Do not be embarassed about depression; most people will experience depression at some point in their life.  Now that you have identified it, it’s time to do something about it.

Here are some resources and support:

Post # 5
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am sorry you are going thru this. I suffer from anxiety so I know how debiliating it can be when you don’t feel like yourself. You should be proud of yourself for recognizing that something is wrong even if you are only posting it here on the bee. Talk to your step mom and mom and tell them you want help. Don’t be ashamed, depression is an illness. You can get help now and be in good shape by the time the new baby arrives. 

Post # 6
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Sorry you’re having a hard time. I just want to give you a big hug.

I suffer from depression (and anxiety) pre-pregnancy. I’m doing fairly well but I have my moments. My horrible skin has gotten me really depressed lately. I look like a freak and feel like everyone stares. I cry several times a week over it and feel like I’m going to look like a freak for the rest of my life (due to the scarring).

Post # 8
7185 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I am definitely having my ups an downs durin this pregnancy. I have never struggled with depression in my life, and it has been very hard for me to be okay with the lows that I have been experiencing. I feel like it was a lot worse during my first trimester, but I’m still struggling during my second. I’m no stranger to depression, my DH has it and I have studied all about it because I have my degree in psychology. What is hard for me is that I feel like I should be able to fix it on my own.

Post # 10
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@figgnewton:  Yes.

I am due with my third child any time now.  I have struggled with depression and anxiety during each pregnancy and post partum.  I also have a history of depression and anxiety.  In the past six years though, I have been much better except while pregnant and for a few months after delivery.

I don’t do the meds/therapy route because it never worked for me growing up and I feel like it’s something I need to work out myself.  I don’t have anything particularly helpful to say, but it’s more common than you think.

I’ve had a really rough pregnancy and have found myself really upset with gender disappointment, uninterested in naming/purchasing baby things, and disinterested in many other things I previously was.  I’m just counting down the months… I figure I’ll be better by 3-6 months post partum.


Post # 11
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@figgnewton:  Well if it helps any, you don’t look swollen. Every time you post a picture I admire how awesome you look!

Post # 12
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve been lucky enough not to get pregnancy depression (yet), but I suffered from major depressive episodes for years.

It’s not your fault, you can’t “think yourself out of it” (and anyone who says you can is woefully ignorant of how severe major depressive episodes can be).

But you can get help, and there’s NO shame in getting help!

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