A new study is making headlines: Millennial women are more likely to be depressed during pregnancy than women from other generations. The experts said that pregnant millennials are less likely to have financial and interpersonal resources than their generational predecessors, which are two things that make young women worried.
Ultimately, women of all ages can exhibit signs of depression in pregnancy. It is important to identify the signals and then learn the causes. This way, you can seek treatment right away.
Ready to learn more? Here are ten different signs of depression in pregnancy:
1. Being Depressed Most of the Time
While fertility should be a joyous occasion – you can eat what you want, you are going to have a bundle of joy soon, and you get treated like the Queen of England – you are not happy. In fact, you are morose and depressed most of the time. The only thing you want to do is lie down, close your eyes, and wait until this entire ordeal is over.
2. Not Enjoying Things You Used to Enjoy
Perhaps a trip to the opera will lift your spirits? What about binge-watching all your favorite episodes of “The Golden Girls”? Would curling up with a riveting murder mystery, a box of doughnuts, and a bottle of Perrier make you happy?
Indeed, not enjoying the things you used to enjoy is one of the biggest signs of depression in pregnancy.
3. A Sense of Worthlessness
There is no doubt that a whole host of emotions and thoughts flood your mind and body during pregnancy. You have apprehensions about mothering a child and you entertain the idea that you will be a horrible parent.
Overall, one of the signs of depression in pregnancy is that you think you are worthless. This is not true one bit, but you still cannot think otherwise. This is hard to overcome when you are pregnant.
One of the worst things to happen when you suffer from prenatal depression is having regret. This is when you start having second thoughts about giving birth to the baby inside of you. In addition to convincing yourself that you will be a bad parent, you also start considering all the things you should have done but didn’t.
This may or may not pass.
5. Thoughts of Suicide
Lastly, you may have thoughts of suicide. When this does happen, then it is imperative to seek treatment right away. You do not want to harm yourself or your child.
So, what exactly is causing this depression during your pregnancy? There are all sorts of reasons, but the research has narrowed it down to a handful of issues.
6. History of Depression
Unfortunately, if you have a case history of depression, then the chances are you might suffer from this mental ailment again in your pregnancy. If this is the case, then you will need to consult with your family doctor who will collaborate with your obstetrician and come up with a plan to rein in this depression.
7. A Difficult Pregnancy
Was conception hard? Is your pregnancy even harder?
Not all pregnancies will be the same as some are more complicated than others. From unbearable morning (all day sickness) to issues with your baby, there are all sorts of setbacks that can make you pray for nine months to go by in a flash.
Of course, any complicated pregnancy would bring on bouts of depression. You’re only human.
Suffice it to say, hormones are a pain in the [insert here]. They alter your brain chemistry that controls emotions and mood, wreaking havoc on your daily living that eventually forces you into prenatal depression. It is hard to be an emotional roller coaster.
Does anyone in your family have depression? Were any deceased relatives diagnosed with depression? Chances are, if anyone in your family has a history of depression, or even any other type of mood disorder, then you will likely suffer from it, too – either during pregnancy or at some other point in your life.
Interestingly enough, studies have found that young women are more susceptible to prenatal depression than their older counterparts. The reasons do vary, but the one that makes the most sense is that a younger woman might feel that she is now tied down for the next 18 years, unable to enjoy life with other young peers. This can get anyone down.
Being depressed during your pregnancy is not fun. If the pregnancy was already physically demanding, then imagine enduring this emotional and mental strain, too? For most women, prenatal depression does pass, but then there is the issue of postpartum depression. It is not easy being pregnant, which is why you deserve to have a child who is on his or best behaviour all the time!