Pregnancy and Depression

Suggestions for Managing Depression

Here are some other helpful tips:
 
  • Try to get as much rest as you can. Try to nap when the baby naps.
     
  • Stop putting pressure on yourself to do everything. Do as much as you can and leave the rest!
     
  • Ask for help with household chores and nighttime feedings. Ask your husband or partner to bring the baby to you so you can breastfeed. If you can, have a friend, family member, or professional support person help you in the home for part of the day.
     
  • Talk to your husband, partner, family, and friends about how you are feeling.
     
  • Do not spend a lot of time alone. Get dressed and leave the house. Run an errand or take a short walk.
     
  • Spend time alone with your husband or partner.
     
  • Talk with other mothers so you can learn from their experiences.
     
  • Join a support group for women with depression. Call a local hotline or look in your telephone book for information and services.
     
  • Don't make any major life changes during pregnancy. Major changes can cause unneeded stress. Sometimes, big changes cannot be avoided. When that happens, try to arrange support and help in your new situation ahead of time.
     

Treatment for Pregnancy and Depression

There are two common types of treatment for depression:
 
  • Talk therapy
  • Medicine.
     
Talk Therapy
This involves talking to a therapist, psychologist, or social worker, learning to change how depression makes you think, feel, and act.
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