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Depression And Anxiety

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism

For women dealing with depression during pregnancy, deciding how to treat their condition can be difficult. Expectant mothers need to take care of themselves, but also don't want to do anything to harm their babies. The mixed research on the effects of antidepressants doesn't make that decision any easier.

Dads-to-be Get the Pregnancy Blues, Too

When you're pregnant, raging hormones can sometimes lead to depression. Even though it's a happy time, the upcoming birth of a child can be stressful, too, because it's such a huge life change.

3 Ways Miscarriage Can Make You Stronger

I had five miscarriages before I was eventually able to give birth to my son. After every one, my feelings were slightly different, from the unexpected devastation of the first to the overwhelming mournfulness of my 17 week loss. But having come out the other side of this terrible period in my life, I can look back and see how it's changed me, in many ways for the better. While I would never have wanted to go through it, I believe it has made me a stronger person.

Fight the Winter Blues During Pregnancy

In Milton, Ontario, Canada, where Janice Smith lives, a February day might reach 5 degrees and darkness sets in well before the workday ends—conditions that trigger Smith’s yearly bout with seasonal affective disorder, aka SAD or winter depression. “In winter, I can barely get out of bed in the morning, and I typically retreat from my friends,” she says.

Single and Pregnant: How My Pain Forced Me to Change

The bigger I got, the more emotionally challenging pregnancy became for me. I always pictured having a partner beside me every night in bed, ears and hands glued to my burgeoning belly, reassuring me that I looked beautiful while fetching me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the middle of the night, but instead, I was totally alone, sleepless and feeling fat, ugly and unloved.

Is It Safe to Take Medications During Pregnancy?

The majority of moms-to-be—about 90 percent—take at least one medication during their pregnancies. Additionally, more than two-thirds of pregnant women take a prescription medication during the first trimester, a crucial period of fetal development when medications are more likely to affect your baby.

Depression During Pregnancy: What to Do

As if the unrelenting melancholy of depression isn't bad enough, deciding whether or not to take (or stay on) antidepressants during pregnancy is one of the hardest decisions a mother can make. On one hand, high levels of stress hormones may have harmful effects on your baby. On the other, antidepressants may have their own consquences, says a new review published in the journal PlOS One.

A Prozac Pregnancy?

Between 14 percent and 23 percent of pregnant women experience depressive symptoms— overwhelming anger, sadness, irritability, guilt or hopelessness. But 2012 research regarding the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSris), didn’t bring good news for these moms-to-be: new studies suggest a heightened risk of complications from taking SSris (which include Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft) during pregnancy.

Time To Chill

When you’re pregnant, a little stress goes with the territory. You’re worried about your stretch marks and whether you’ll ever get your body back. Or you’re frazzled because you have to take pee breaks during important meetings at work.

These concerns won’t do any real harm, but chronic stress during pregnancy is linked to lifelong risks for children, including anxiety, aggression and learning disabilities. The good news is that you can safely get a handle on it.

Here, experts offer their best advice on dealing with four major sources of stress during pregnancy.

When You Don’t Love Being Pregnant

Alana is 13 weeks pregnant with twins.  It’s her first pregnancy and a planned one yet she’s caught by surprise - not just because she’s having two babies, but because she’s feeling ambivalent about becoming a mother.  She always thought she’d feel excited about being pregnant, but that’s not how she feels at all.  It’s not that she’s sad or upset about it. She just feels kind of…meh.  Alana wants to know if this is normal though she suspects not many women feel this way. 

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