When learning you are pregnant, you may experience many emotions. Some women are excited and happy, while others feel overwhelmed and scared. It is important to remember that all of these emotions are valid. There is no right or wrong way to feel; your pregnancy is yours alone.
How Will I Feel?
Some women find that their moods fluctuate while pregnant. They may feel incredibly moody, which is common during early pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones flood your body during this time, and can make you feel weepy and emotional. Your mood can swing high and low.
According to the Mayo Clinic, women may also experience depression during pregnancy. About 7% of women experience depression while pregnant, and this percentage can fluctuate based on concerns such as their country’s overall income levels.
What Is Depression?
Depression is the most common mood disorder and causes a prolonged feeling of loss of interest and sadness. Women are twice as likely to experience depression as men.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in libido
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of interest in doing things
- Changes in sleep
- Change in appetite
- Low energy levels
Certain risk factors make someone having depression more likely. During pregnancy, some of these risk factors include:
- Life stress
- Poor social support
- History of depression
- Unintended pregnancy
- Intimate partner violence
If you have experienced any of these risk factors or believe that you have signs of depression, it is crucial that you speak with a trusted mental health professional as soon as you are able. Your mental health matters, and you deserve to get the help that you need.
Engaging in self-care activities, getting plenty of sleep, eating well, and participating in physical activity may also help you deal with difficult mood swings or any symptoms of depression.
Have More Questions?
If you have more questions about mental health during pregnancy or want information about your options, contact BsideU for Life. We would happily answer your questions and offer support during this time.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are here for you!