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    Symptoms of Pregnancy Depression & Anxiety

    Some of the symptoms below, such as fatigue or trouble sleeping, are common among healthy women during pregnancy. But when they're combined with a sense of sadness or hopelessness or they interfere with your ability to function, depression is probably at least partly to blame.

    If you feel unable to handle your daily responsibilities or are having thoughts of harming yourself, call your doctor or midwife immediately for a referral to a counselor. Seeing a therapist or psychiatrist isn't an indication of weakness. On the contrary, it shows that you're willing to take the steps necessary to keep your baby and yourself safe and healthy.

    If you've experienced three or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should see a therapist:
    • A sense that nothing feels enjoyable or fun anymore
    • Feeling blue, sad, or "empty" for most of the day, every day
    • It's harder to concentrate
    • Extreme irritability or agitation or excessive crying
    • Trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time
    • Extreme or never-ending fatigue
    • A desire to eat all the time or not wanting to eat at all
    • Inappropriate guilt or feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
    Finally, mood swings with cycles of depression alternating with periods of an abnormally high spirits including increased activity, little need to sleep or eat, racing thoughts, inappropriate social behavior, or poor judgment are signs of a serious condition called bipolar disorder, which requires immediate attention. Call your caregiver if you have those symptoms.

    Symptoms of Anxiety
    Call your doctor or midwife for a referral to a therapist if you feel overwhelmed and nervous every day or are having:
    • Panic attacks. These can come on with no warning and include a racing heart, lightheadedness or faintness, sweaty palms, breathlessness, and feeling like you're having a heart attack or are about to pass out.
    • Frequent, recurrent concerns about your or your baby's health or a frequent feeling that something terrible is about to happen.


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