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depression and how to cope

(5 Posts)
MakiJ Thu 09-Jun-16 04:50:39

Hello biscuit has anyone suffered from depression during pregnancy? How did you cope? flowersstar

greenlizard Thu 09-Jun-16 09:56:33

Hi. I am on my second pregnancy and haven't suffered from ante-natal depression but didn't want to not respond. Have you just started to feel depressed or were you depressed before hand?

I would speak to your community midwife (or if they are as lovely but clueless as mine grin) speak to your GP as soon as possible. There is definitely support you can get and there is not need to soldier on by yourself.

Good luck and congratulations flowers

HonniBee Thu 09-Jun-16 11:22:52

I've just come through it
Ask for help. That's the first step. Speak to your midwife, GP and anyone who will listen. You need to talk about your feelings, not hide them. I know it depends on your area, but I've been blown away by the support I've received. I was referred to the perinatal mental health team in my area as I have a history of depression and they were amazing.

Are you taking any medication? I was on sertraline for the duration (and still am). I felt guilty at first, but at the end of the day your health is as important as the baby's. And that includes mental health. You must look after yourself in order to grow your baby.

And lastly, this too shall pass. It is not for ever, and at the end you will have your baby. smile

Thelittleredhead Thu 09-Jun-16 14:03:49

Yes, I think I'm currently suffering from ante-natal depression, or at the very least anxiety and panic.

I saw my OB this morning- sat down and said "um, I'm not coping very well" and it all just came pouring out (through lots of tears and snot...). She was so so sympathetic, told me the most important things is I shouldn't feel guilty for not feeling happy all the time about my pregnancy (which was so good for me to hear because of course I've been feeling like that) and then wrote me a referral for a psychotherapist. I'm not in the UK so the process will be different but honestly it was such a relief to talk to her and she was incredibly supportive. I recommend doing the same thing.

flowers for you. And remember you are not alone

MakiJ Thu 09-Jun-16 16:19:34

Aww thank you everyone smile you are my help I feel better alreadygrin my case is up and down and maybe just stress from changes and work etc, thank you for your advice flowers

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