Pregnancy is a time of transition: To grow this new being the body goes through profound hormonal, emotional and physical changes. Awe at the miracle going on within can be offset by worry, sadness, or fear. Depression and anxiety are not only a postpartum issue but arise in pregnancy as well. Some normal changes during and after pregnancy cause symptoms similar to those of depression. However, if you have any of the following symptoms for more than 2 weeks, it is important to consult with a professional.
- Feeling restless or moody
- Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed
- Crying a lot
- Having no energy or motivation
- Eating too little or too much
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Feeling worthless and guilty
- Having trouble focusing or making decisions
- Having memory problems
- Losing interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Having headaches, aches and pains, or stomach problems that don’t go away
Seeking psychotherapy at this time can mean less complications during birth and delivery and decreased postpartum emotional reactions.
Please feel free to contact me at my Chico, CA office with any questions.