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Pregnancy depression symptoms come from depression during pregnancy, a surprisingly common condition that typically affects at least one in every ten pregnant women.
Initially, it was believed that pregnancy hormones served as some sort of deterrent against the condition, and that women would only become susceptible to pregnancy depression symptoms upon delivery of the baby. In recent years, however, researchers have noted that the very same increase in hormone levels that occurs at the start of pregnancy may in fact alter brain chemistry to the point of inducing pregnancy depression symptoms.
Because of the general moodiness that is usually associated with pregnancy, many times, pregnancy depression symptoms are quickly disregarded as inconsequential or “expected.” The truth is, though, that depression during pregnancy is every bit as serious as depression in any other walk of life.
In fact, depression may go some ways in hurting pregnant mothers if it remains untreated. Over the years, it’s been pointed out that depression and anxiety can increase the risk of pre-term labor.
Some of the more well-known pregnancy depression symptoms in expecting mothers include, but aren’t limited to: extreme irritability to the point of irrationality, an inability to concentrate, excessive fatigue, an inability to get enjoyment from anything, unwarranted guilt and strange eating habits.
Pregnant women who experience some or all of these unfortunate pregnancy depression symptoms should seek out mental health assistance immediately. In the best case scenario, the pregnancy depression symptoms may simply be a false alarm. Worst case scenario, getting checked out can notify expecting mothers of onset depression so that they can get the proper help. The absolute worst thing that can happen, though, is that pregnant women and those around them avoid getting the necessary treatment for something that may either directly or indirectly end up harming the baby – which depression ultimately will.
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