(Closed) Prenatal Depression

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Great information!  Thanks for sharing!

Post # 4
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 5
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Agreed!  Thank you!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Thank you for this 🙂

Post # 12
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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.

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