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How do I Deal with Depression During Pregnancy?

Depression during pregnancy is a common psychological condition that can be intensified by the hormonal changes that occur naturally within the body. To effectively manage feelings of sadness, it is often helpful to talk it out with someone you trust. Adjustments to the amount of rest and activity you engage in can also make a big difference in the way you feel. If you are tired and overwhelmed, you may be doing too much. Depression during pregnancy is often alleviated by taking time each day to participate in something relaxing and enjoyable.

A support system during this phase of your life is very important. Reaching out to loved ones for help, advice, or reassurance may quell negative feelings. Whether you include your spouse or significant other, parents, other family members, or close friends, spending time with people closest to you is far better than isolating yourself.

Some women find that certain physical activities, like swimming or walking, bring them a sense of calm. This is due to a natural release of endorphins, the chemical in the brain that creates feelings of well-being. Others discover that meditation or yoga contributes to a more positive outlook. Also, if you are experiencing sadness, a little sunshine may do wonders for lifting the spirit. A picnic in the park with a friend or a walk on the beach can often reduce bouts of depression during pregnancy.

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You may find that a little extra sleep goes a long way toward improving your emotional state. Depression during pregnancy is sometimes exacerbated by sleep deprivation. This is especially true during the third trimester when many women have trouble getting comfortable, or discover that they are making several trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Listen to your body. If you are tired, try taking a nap during the day to refresh yourself, which may elevate your outlook and mood.

Do your best to eliminate, or reduce, stress from your life. Try not to get too bogged down with chores. Take frequent breaks and do not hesitate to ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed with tasks and responsibilities. Getting an appropriate amount of rest and relaxation should help you feel better.

If depression during pregnancy is severe, you should consider speaking to a psychologist. Sometimes, the simple act of talking about your feelings, anxiety and concerns can help. You may also wish to address the issue with your obstetrician, who may be able to recommend medication that is safe for you and your baby.

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