You have likely heard of postpartum depression, but did you know that pregnant moms can suffer from a similar condition known as prenatal depression? It's a time in their lives when they should feel happy preparing for the arrival of a little bundle of joy, but instead moms with prenatal depression feel deep sadness and sometimes even hopelessness. Because they can use as much support as possible during this tough time, there are things you can do to help someone with prenatal depression.
According to the Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, symptoms of prenatal depression include feeling restless, moody, sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed; excessive crying; low energy or motivation; eating or sleeping too little or too much; trouble focusing or making decisions; feeling worthless and guilty; losing interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy; withdrawing from friends and family; aches, pains, or stomach problems that don't go away. Additionally, the American Pregnancy Association (APA) noted that 14 to 23 percentof women will struggle with some symptoms of depression during pregnancy.
Moms who struggle with depression should seek help from a healthcare professional and support from their friends and family. Here are some ways you can help someone with prenatal depression.