Antidepressants and Depression During Pregnancy

Depression during pregnancy

It is so often that you can hear pregnant woman saying "I am so depressed". It is truth that while pregnancy the mood of woman can change several times per day. Although it should be remembered that bad mood is not the depression yet.

Depression is a mood disorder that causes you to feel extreme sadness. Unlike a bad mood, or a bad attitude, clinical depression is an illness where both psychological and medical factors are in play. During pregnancy, hormone changes can affect brain chemicals, which are directly related to depression and anxiety.

There are some risk factors:

  • Personal or family history of depression;
  • Previous miscarriage or pregnancy loss;
  • Unplanned pregnancy;
  • History of abuse or trauma;
  • Complications in pregnancy.

Lately the most modern remedy for depression has become so-called antidepressants. But the question is:

Are antidepressants safe during pregnancy?

Hawaiian scientists have carried out series of observations that show how negatively antidepressants during pregnancy influence the health of unborn baby. Some antidepressants consist of components that slow fetal development.

According to the recent researches most commonly prescribed for depression drugs are hard to be called safe: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and some closely related drugs. SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft), among others. Three closely related drugs are duloxetine (Cymbalta), nefazodone (Serzone), and venlafaxine (Effexor).

The best means in struggle against the depression during pregnancy are considered to be various herbal teas and tinctures: chamomile tea, tutsan tea, marjoram tea etc. But anyway you should first consult with your doctor before taking some medicine or antidepressants while being pregnant.

There are a lot of ways and tips how to control your emotional condition and avoid depression while pregnancy. Here are some things you can do:

  • Do something what makes you feel good: read your favorite book, look some positive film, go for a walk;
  • Bond with your partner;
  • Talk to your friends, husband and relatives about everything what bothers you;
  • Manage your stress: try to sleep longer, eat healthier food, spend time in the open air, do some exercises with ball.

Pregnancy is an amazing period in the life of any woman. Be excited about it, celebrating your belly and enjoying each day.