Let’s Talk about Depression During Pregnancy

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We hear a ton about postpartum depression. It's such a huge deal, and it's something that should not be taken lightly. Having a new baby is a huge responsibility — there are so many new things and so many new worries that a woman has to encounter: “Will I be a good mom to this little person?” “How am I going to be able to support this baby financially, emotionally, physically?” “Will my partner be supportive?” “I can't find my baby's father. What do I do?” 

Now couple those fears with a diagnosis of depression.

Technically, this would be diagnosed as postpartum depression because it is directly related to pregnancy, but according to a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry, postpartum depression can hit while the mother is still pregnant. Unfortunately, if a woman suffers from postpartum depression early on in her pregnancy, it's a sign for really hard times after baby finally comes, meaning that she is more than likely to continue suffering from postpartum depression after birth.

{ MORE: 5 Things You Can Do When Your Wife/Partner has Postpartum Depression

This post is in no way an attempt to scare you out of giving birth. Birth is absolutely beautiful, as can be seen by the multiple accounts of it that are littered throughout EverydayFamily. But being someone who suffers from depression and having to deal with an increase in sadness, emotion, and sometimes pain, I really think that it's important that you can recognize that postpartum depression isn't just a condition that happens post birth.

I want you to be aware, I want you to see the signs, I want you to get the help you need. Parenthood is hard! Being a new mom is hard! Being a mom to a second, a third, or even a tenth child is hard! You need to have the best chance to be at your very finest emotionally when raising a child, when getting settled into taking care of a baby. I want you to be the best that you possibly can so that you and your family can enjoy the life that has been given to you.

{ MORE: Postpartum Depression Treatment Options

Moms, take care of yourselves. You're so awesome! It's just that, sometimes, biology can get in the way of things — it can impede positive progression. So be aware and get the help you need. 

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Let’s Talk about Depression During Pregnancy

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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