The Connection Between Pregnancy And Depression
Alan Greene, MD, FAAP
The truth is, though, that the rates of depression in pregnant and non-pregnant women are very similar. If you are pregnant and depressed, from this you know that you are not alone, and that many women have gone through difficult times while pregnant, shed many tears, and had healthy, wonderful babies at the end.
Still, ongoing full-blown depression can sometimes affect a developing baby, both directly and through inadequate nutrition. The risks are small, but real. Thankfully, there are safe treatments for pregnant women. Whether you need treatment or not, the outlook for your baby is good. When there are major emotional storms during pregnancy, it is wise to stay in close touch with both an obstetrician and a psychiatrist. You deserve their support and their help in navigating this journey.
You and your little baby are so closely linked. You do shield your baby from most of what happens outside. You surround your baby with love and with the perfect hug. And your baby hugs you, inside, where you need it the most.