In my last pregnancy update, I talked about how I was feeling pretty down. I’m tired and feel a bit underappreciated, and everything as just started to really get to me. Even with my medication, things are tough for me right now. The thing is, not many people talk about antepartum depression. There’s this idea that pregnant women are supposed to be radiant and full of joy, and we forget that sometimes that’s just not always possible.
So What is Antepartum Depression?
In short? It’s just being pregnant and suffering from depression at the same time. If you are a sufferer of depression, pregnancy isn’t going to make it go away. There’s no guarantee what your hormones might do, meaning that you could get better or you could get worse. If you’ve never dealt with depression before, your hormones still could do something crazy. This means that everyone should at least know a little bit about antepartum depression, whether to be able to help yourself or someone else.
What Can You do About it?
The most important thing you can do is to talk about it. While I’m not a professional by any means, I am always happy to lend an ear. If you can talk to your friends and family or a professional if you feel like you need it, that’s really helpful too. While there is some stigma out there, you should never be made to feel guilty about feeling depressed.
Do something that you enjoy. While things are changing, and you may have a lot going on, sometimes taking some time for yourself can make a big difference in how you feel. For me, it’s listening to certain types of music, taking a walk or reading a book. I also really enjoy meditating and breathing exercises.
Sometimes, medication becomes necessary. This is okay. In the end, if you can’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of your new baby? I fought against the idea of medication for years, but now I know that I am much better off with it.
Do you deal with depression? How do you deal with the bad days? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments, let’s help each other out!
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