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Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Effects and Choices For Pre-Natal Depression

By John DeProspo
To many, it is a mystery as to why so many pregnant women suffer from pre-natal depression. Isn't that supposed to happen after the baby is born when the womans' hormones are raging back downward? Not necessarily for all women. Approximately 10 - 20 percent of all pregnancies are affected by pre-natal depression. Women who are depressed during their pregnancies experience a higher risk of developing similar problems afterward.
The goal is to get rid of the problem before it becomes worse. Not all women are going to freak out and try to kill themselves if they are depressed, but it does make for a miserable pregnancy. After all, pregnancy is a time in a mothers life when she should be feeling on top of the world accompanied by sweet feelings of overwhelming joy - it's true.
Typically, pre-natal depression is caused by almost the same things as regular depression. The only difference is that it can be a lot worse because there are hormones involved. As a woman progresses further into her pregnancy, her hormones multiply. Basically, everything is exaggerated. Probably you have seen women who cry at the drop of a hat when they are pregnant. It is no surprise that pregnant women are much more sensitive to begin with. It is the hormones that make those overwhelming feelings possible.
Let us say for example that a pregnant woman is having to care for a dying parent. This can create a tremendously saddening pregnancy. First off, the hormones are already causing some ultra-sensitive feelings. Secondly, the woman is having to care for someone who is dying. This creates stress, and makes everything much worse. Some pregnant women have to deal with continuing to work throughout their pregnancies in order to support themselves and their future child. This type of thing can cause a woman to become very tired and worn down. Likewise, it can also endanger her unborn child. She may even end up skipping meals, which can naturally lead to nutrition deficiencies, thus, creating depression.
There are obviously a lot of circumstances in which a woman can easily become depressed during pregnancy. In the even that a woman is suffering from depression while pregnant, her OB/GYN may recommend that she seek counseling in order to deal with those downward feelings. Her doctor may also recommend that she take antidepressants, which is not a very wise choice for someone who is carrying a child.
There are way too many risks associated with taking antidepressants while pregnant. It is much safer to take the natural route. Plenty of babies have died and been poisoned by digesting prescription medications. The chemicals in those medicines are simply too harsh to toy with. Have you really took the time to read the side-effects? They are absolutely unbelievable! Let's take for example the popular medication, Cymbalta. Did you know that some of the side-effects include dizziness, nausea, headaches, panic attacks, diarrhea, increased sweating, weight changes, problems sleeping, nosebleeds, and the list goes on. Most other similar medications carry the same types side-effects.
As if pregnancy wasn't bad enough! Now you have to deal with the side-effects of depression medication. Keep in mind that antidepressants are only one of the ways to treat the illness. Another way to treat this condition is by using natural remedies. Some of the remedies available include St. John's Wort, Passion Flower, 5-HTP, SAM-e, and Valerian Root. Again, those are just a few of the remedies available. As always, it is best to check in with your doctor before starting any type of new treatment. But remember to always talk about the feelings that you are having. There is nothing worse than having to suffer through what is supposed to be a wonderful time period in pain when it simply is not necessary.
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