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Postpartum Depression

Is it possible to suffer PPD while pregnant?
By Karen Kleiman, MSW
Karen KleimanQ. I know this may seem silly, but is it possible to suffer either PPD or just plain depression while pregnant?

A. This isn't a silly question at all! It's something, however, that few people talk about. That's because we associate women with the "glow" of pregnancy and rarely focus on how difficult it may be. Look at these statistics, however:

  1. 9-18% incidence of major depression during pregnancy
  2. 75% of recurrently depressed women relapse during pregnancy

So you see it's more common than you might have known. It's something to take seriously and if you continue to feel bad, you need to discuss this with your doctor so steps can be taken to get you symptom relief.

Do you have a therapist you can connect with during this time? That can offer a great deal of support, particularly if you are missing support from your family. I would suggest you reach out for help by letting your husband know how you are feeling, talking with your doctor and making sure you are taking care of yourself by resting, eating well, and avoiding any and all things (and people) that make you feel bad right now. It's time to take care of YOU.

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