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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Depression During and After Pregnancy

One special thing that could happen to a marriage is for a wife to bear a child. Being pregnant is a wonderful event in one's married life. However, pregnancy entails responsibility, proper care, and a ton of understanding from both the husband and the pregnant wife herself, and as much as possible from the people around and the community where the couple belongs. Nowadays, malls and public transportation provide designated areas and support sign ages for pregnant women. There are special provision or treatment given to pregnant women, yet, lack or no knowledge of why is it being given still exist. 
      Yes ..physically, we all know what a pregnant women feel but most of the people do not know the emotional and psychological aspect of being pregnant, on why they feel, or why they act differently. And being misunderstood as a one hormonal imbalanced woman during my pregnancy period, as well after giving birth which is the dangerous one than the latter, I have felt the urge to search and write about what I had  been through. Depression occurs on this women's stages, aside from the pre-and post-menstrual period of a woman, pregnancy during and after enters into another stage of mood swings, also known as depression.
     During my pregnancy with my third child, though it was planned, there were days of crying, wanted my husband's attention then, worried with everything, and I slept late because I wanted to finish all the household chores-washing the clothes, mopping the floor, ironing the clothes, etc. I have felt the same when I have my fourth pregnancy, I always felt tired then, I lost interest in cleaning the house which is the opposite with my third. The knowledge of having a baby with congenital defect inside my womb added to the anxiety I had then plus the marital conflict I had with my husband. After giving birth, I remember those times in my hospital bed that I cried and cried feeling alone, needing someone to talk to and yet the one I am expecting to comfort me seems far away though near me. I don't know how long it lasted, I lost interest in everything, I shut myself out with other people. But then I have to take my composure since I have a baby to take care of who needed my special attention.
      Everything is history now and looking back still gives me some pain of whom to talk and always been misunderstood. I do hope whoever reads, be patient with your pregnant neighbors or relatives, especially those who had just given birth, we may never know what they are going through. And being a father-to-be for the first time, auntie or uncle, take note of these antepartum and postpartum blues, so you would know how to relate or take care of them. For those who are pregnant feeling the same, do not be ashamed, it is not our fault and we can talk about it to our doctors and partners. Here are some information on the symptoms you might be experiencing.      

According to Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of antepartum (depression during pregnancy):
  • persistent sadness
  • unusual sleeping habits
  • inability to concentrate
  • loss of interest in the things/activities she usually enjoys
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • changes in eating habits
  • anxiety/worry too much
These signs,however, are not exclusive or limited by itself. A manifestation of 2 or more is an early signs of antepartum depression. 1 out of 4 pregnant women suffers from antepartum blues.

Depression after giving birth also affects 20% of women."Baby blues" is the early onset of depression after delivery which lasted up to two-weeks, whereas postpartum depression lasted several weeks after giving birth. These two commonly mistaken as the same, however, the latter is most intense and severe which requires medical intervention

Some symptoms of postpartum "baby blues" as stated by Mayo Clinic includes mood swings, anxiety, sadness, irritability, crying without apparent reasons, feeling of overwhelmed, sleeping and appetite problem, reduced concentration. Post partum depression (PPD),  also known as Prenatal Depression.

The PPD symptoms are as folows:
  • depressed mood or severe mood swings
  • severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • excessive sadness
  • intense irritability and anger
  • excessive crying
  • loss of appetite or eating more than usual
  • inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
  • loss of interest to things she usually enjoys
  • overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
  • feeling of worthlessness and guilt
  • inability to think clearly and concentrate
  • difficulty bonding with her baby
  • shutting out from family and friends
  • thoughts of harming the baby
  • fear of not being a good mother
  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
You may click this other links for more detailed discussion about antepartum and postpartum depression:

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