Depression during pregnancy
This post is especially for fathers. I know even you guys stress over the pregnancy of your wife. You become more careful, help your wife in household chores, buy her favourite food, and do a lot many things. I know that all loving and caring husbands and fathers do this. But sometimes, this is not enough.
According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 14%–23% of women struggle with some symptoms during their pregnancy. In the current world, women are under tremendous stress, irrespective of whether they are working or not. Stress, fear, and confusion lead to depression.
Some symptoms of depression are as follows:
- Persistent sadness
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Loss of interest in activities that you usually enjoy
- Recurring thought of death, suicide, and hopelessness
- A feeling of guilt or worthlessness
- Changes in eating habit
Some women continuously think that something bad is going to happen with them. Sometimes, women feel insecure about not being more beautiful now, and other such things. If these thoughts continue for more than 2 weeks, you must visit a doctor. Family can help in this situation very well, particularly husbands. They can arrange a date night or a candle light dinner for their wife, make her feel special and important, and buy things for her. They can call her from their office during lunch or evening time. This will make her feel special, and she will be able to share her problems with you. Relationship problems are the main trigger for depression, followed by family or personal history, infertility treatment, complications in pregnancy, previous pregnancy loss, and stressful life events. Thus, it is very important for you to assure her that you will always be with her in all circumstances.
Post-pregnancy depression or postpartum depression
After a long wait of 9 months, when a mother delivers her baby, everyone is excited including her. But, she can sometimes become over protective. She can also become a bit hesitant to take the baby in her hands because she is not sure whether she will be able to hold the baby properly. Well, here I would like to share my own experience. I always used to check whether my baby is breathing or not.
I don’t know why but I wasn’t able to sleep and used to constantly wake up and check on her whether she is fine or not. But then, my mom used to make me understand, and she used to assure me that she will be awake and check on the baby so that I could sleep properly.
The following symptoms can indicate whether a mother is experiencing postpartum depression:
- feeling emptiness and numbness
- feeling like you are not a good mother and your child deserves the best and you are not able to provide it
- you think you are not able to manage between family, job, and other things
- you feel sad and may start crying without any reason
- it irritates you that you cannot sleep or eat properly
- you always feel that people will judge you if you don’t behave like other mothers
I would like to tell all the mothers that don’t judge yourself by someone else’s opinion. Let them keep their opinions to themselves. You really don’t have to prove anyone that you are the best because you are the best! I will suggest you all to watch a movie titled “Bad Moms” starring Mila Cunis. I have attached the trailer of the movie with this post.
Enjoy your life. Don’t stress, no one is perfect. So, “don’t leave the moment, live in the moment.”
Part 1:- Bad Moms
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