Post # 1
Hey there, Expecting Bees! I’m not pregnant myself but I came across this and thought it was very important that I share:
This is the first in a series of articles about prenatal depression, something that isn’t talked about much when you’re expecting a baby. I think everyone (even happy mummies) should read this so that we can spread awareness and keep expectant moms happy for thei sakes and the sakes of their unborn babies.
The series shares stories of prenatal depression, discusses treatment options, and offers some support, too.
Post # 3
Great information! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 4
Thank you for sharing.
I have never suffered from depression but pregnancy has been very hard. It is so much harder to deal with stressors in your life so I could imagine how some who was already depressed may not be able to handle everything.
Post # 6
Thanks for sharing… I definitely experienced a few weeks of depression during my first trimester. Luckily my mood improved a lot once I felt better physically…
Post # 7
Very interesting article. I think it’s a great idea to get this kind of info out in the world. Just think, not too long ago it was taboo to talk about Post-Partum depression. There is just no reason that women should be suffering through these types of struggles simply because, as a society, we choose not to talk publicly about them. @SoobySays: thanks for sharing!
Post # 8
@MRSLMA: Agreed. I think there is a lot of pressure on pregnant women today to be that ideal of the “glowing, blissful, maternal Goddess” that we see in the media. When things don’t match up to that ideal, however, no one should feel ashamed.
Post # 9
I genuinely didn’t know pre-natal depression existed. Thank you for making people aware of this!!
Every pregnant lady has the right to be anything she needs to be – not the glowing fertility goddess we dream of! ALL HAIL the waddling sweaty unhappy hormonal pregnant ladies who are just as gorgeous and wonderful as those who have a easy ‘goddess’ pregnancies who sneeze at 9months and the baby effortlessly slips out (clean!!).
Post # 10
I also want to leave Part 3 here, just because it shows what happens to a lot of women when they have prenatal depression: they are handwaved. “Stop watching so many soap operas” one doctor said. Just so anyone affected can see that they’re not alone and their feelings are justified, regardless of what some jerks say.
Post # 12
This article is really interesting and sheds light on a topic that deserves a lot more airspace. Thanks for sharing! My cousin had terrible depression prenatally and had to hospitalize herself. She got back on her meds and was fine before too long. Her baby is totally healthy. She had postpartum depression after her first, and I remember hearing from a lot of people that ‘it was her postpartum depression starting up early’ and that it was common for that to happen.
One bit from part 2 I kind of took issue with was this one though: “and yet the myth persists that pregnancy protects you from melancholy. And it’s a dangerous one.” It’s not a big deal I guess, because it’s way more important to get it wrong and assume that all women could become depressed prenatally than to get it wrong and assume that no women should. But there must be a lot of variability in terms of the effects of pregnancy on women’s mental health, because this “protection myth” is definitely not a myth! My mom has suffered from severe depression her whole life, and the 2 times she was pregnant were complete remission for her from her mental health issues. She said she never felt better. I’m not quite so susceptible to depression as my mom, but definitely anxiety, and I’ve felt the same way. Pregnancy has felt like this bizarrely happy bubble for me. I’m loving it, and yet it’s so obvious to me that this is hormonal and not my normal, overly anxious state, that I can’t help but wonder if horrible, severe PPD is looming, like it was for my mom… I’m so blissed out that I am not exactly worried about it, but it’s in the back of my mind. I’m rationalizing that I will have way more help and money than my mom did so I’ll probably be fine. But who knows.