(Closed) Pregnancy-Related Depression :(

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m so sorry you’re going through this.  Have you spoken with a therapist about your pregnancy-related depression?  If you aren’t, I would strongly encourage it… especially given that you know you have a history w/ depression. 

Feeling miserable and sick can take a major mental toll on anyone, and adding that to all of the crazy raging pregnancy hormones makes it all seem so overwhelming.  You’re definitely not alone.  I was so miserable through my first trimester, and then when the nausea didn’t let up at 12-13 weeks I felt even worse as I started to wonder how I could possibly make it through the rest of my pregnancy.  Things did slowly start to get  better, but it took until mid-pregnancy for me to start feeling moderately ok. 

Post # 5
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@PandasWifey:  From about 16 weeks to 22 weeks, I was feeling pretty depressed. I mentioned it to my OB and also contacted my work’s Employee Assistance Program. Through the EAP, I got 3 free therapist sessions. I went to the first one 3 weeks ago, and my follow-up session is this Friday.

I shared these tips that she gave me after the first session, maybe they’ll help you too? The main difference is I wasn’t also fighting the migraines, but maybe the tips can help with the other symptoms.


Hope this helps and if you want to chat more, feel free to PM me. I also had thoughts about not being able to go through another pregnancy and told Darling Husband that right now I need to not think about future babies and need to focus on surviving this one.

Post # 6
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I, too, have struggled with pregnancy related depression. My husband was actually the first one to recognize it, even before I did. I’ve found that I don’t like to talk to many people about it (other than my husband or my closest friend) because I’ve found that so many people expect pregnant women to be happy and enjoying every moment of their pregnancy. I have also had a difficult pregnancy. I’ve always been the type of girl to say “I want FIVE kids!” and now at this point I can’t imagine ever being pregnant again. It’s just been so much worse than I ever expected. My husband has said in the past that he does not want an only child, and I’ve actually made the comment to him “This baby might really end up being an only child.” I think it’s jumping the gun.. Obviously I don’t know how I will feel a couple years down the road and I’m sure I’ll probably get to the point where I want another child enough to put myself through this all over again. I just can’t imagine doing it right now! I’m really worried about post-partum depression because I’ve heard that if you suffer from pregnancy depression your risk of post-partum depression goes up tremendously. I think it’s worth mentioning to your doctor at your next appointment. Even if there’s nothing they can do right now medically, they will at least be looking out for severe post-partum in the weeks and months after your baby is born. Good luck with everything, you’re not alone!

Post # 7
5892 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am so sorry you are going through this. But you can do something. I know medication is not ideal, but in some cases it is necessary and if used properly, very safe. I have a friend with severe anxiety made worst by pregnancy and post partum. She used medication throughout her pregnancy (although reduced prior to birth) and still uses it even though she is breastfeeding. She knew that the best thing she could do for her baby is to healthy, both physically and mentally.

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How about trying Light Therapy?


Maybe have your doc check you VitD levels


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