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Depression

If you have depression while you're pregnant does that place you in a high risk catagory?
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I think depression is fairly common.  Not a high risk factor to my knowledge, depending on severity of course, but definitely something you should address. Talk to your doctor and any friends you are comfortable talking to. You will be even more prone to post partum depression if you are depressed now so do not ignore it. You have got this, and you always have here you can vent anonymously if that helps.
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Yea I agree definitely address it. Talk to ur doc as soon as you can. The risk could be more if you don't treat it & internalize ur emotions & feelings.
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Hey, I suffer with depression and anxiety disorder and I expected to be considered a 'high risk'. It is absolutely not the case. And you're not more likely to suffer with any other pregnancy related depression simply because you have a depressive disorder. Things aren't as black and white as that. I am 34 weeks and yes I've been emotional but your hormones are all over the shop during pregnancy and there are so many changes it's totally natural. Be sure to mention any concerns to your doc and/or midwife and they will give you all the support and reassurance you need, whether it's a little pep talk or info to refer you to a counsellor etc. I actually feel my condition has improved during pregnancy because I have this new wonderful life experience going on to distract me :). Hope everything works out :) xx
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Hey, I suffer with depression and anxiety disorder and I expected to be considered a 'high risk'. It is absolutely not the case. And you're not more likely to suffer with any other pregnancy related depression simply because you have a depressive disorder. Things aren't as black and white as that. I am 34 weeks and yes I've been emotional but your hormones are all over the shop during pregnancy and there are so many changes it's totally natural. Be sure to mention any concerns to your doc and/or midwife and they will give you all the support and reassurance you need, whether it's a little pep talk or info to refer you to a counsellor etc. I actually feel my condition has improved during pregnancy because I have this new wonderful life experience going on to distract me :). Hope everything works out :) xx
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Yes sry I wasn't trying to say you are more likely to have post partum if you have had depression in the past but rather if you already have it during pregnancy and don't address it. I say this as someone that has been depressed due to extreme anxiety. I started seeing a counselor so as to be it before baby comes and things get tougher. Sry if I offended by not clarifying what I meant.
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I had also taken your question as if the hormonal changes caused the depression.  I would only see depression causing high risk status if it effeccted your blood pressure somehow.  My anxiety issues are something I have always had but this pregnancy for some reason not only multiplied them but got me very down.  I think it is being scared of not being able to protect 3 children when this baby is born if something happened.  This is a depression that would heighten and get worse once baby comes so I am trying to get to a good point with them now.  When baby is born you are exhausted, physically and mentally. So is your partner.  In the experience of myself and many people I know the first couple weeks are the hardest on a relationship as you are attempting to learn your roles in caring for this little miracle.  So having someone you talk to and understands your feelings is one of the best things you can do in my experience.  But they have to know how to listen and not pass judgement if you complain about your significant other.
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