Perinatal depression involves emotional and biological factors that affect moms-to be. Such women develop a mood disorder associated with pregnancy. It may cause depression and anxiety.
- Low energy
- Increased anxiety
- Appetite changes
- Frequent urination causing sleeping issues
- Frequent crying
- Poor fetal connection
Perinatal depression is treated similar to other depression forms. For example;
Therapy and other treatments
Talk therapy has evidently been effective in easing perinatal depression in women. Acupuncture, a type of massage, where a professional focuses on inserting needles on specific body parts also proved to work well for 63% of women in a certain study.
The doctor may guide on the use of antidepressants before, during, or after childbirth. The drugs are safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.
Potential prevention tips
- Creating awareness about maternal depression impacts and steps to curb them.
- Screening women regularly and following up to know their welfare.
Focused interventions, including enhancing parenting in early childhood projects, including home visitation.