Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a time of great stress and anxiety. For some women, these feelings can develop into depression.
Depression during pregnancy is more common than you might think. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 7 women will experience some form of depression during their pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and struggling with depression, know that you are not alone. Help is available, and you can get through this.
What are the symptoms of pregnancy depression?
The signs and symptoms of pregnancy depression can vary from woman to woman. They may include:
- feeling sad or hopeless
- feeling anxious or stressed
- feeling irritable or angry
- feeling disconnected from your baby
- having trouble sleeping
- losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy
- having difficulty concentrating
- feeling worthless or like a failure
- thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor or midwife. Depression is a treatable condition, and there are many resources available to help you through this difficult time.
What causes pregnancy depression?
There is no one single cause of pregnancy depression. Rather, it is thought to be the result of a combination of physical, psychological, and social factors. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can play a role, as can stress, anxiety, and lack of support.
Can pregnancy depression be prevented?
There is no sure way to prevent pregnancy depression. However, there are things you can do to reduce your risk. These include:
- Getting regular exercise
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting enough sleep
- Staying connected with friends and family
- Finding a support group
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps you to focus on the present moment. It can help you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and to learn how to respond to them in a more positive way.
There is some evidence to suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may help to prevent pregnancy depression. One study found that women who took part in a mindfulness-based intervention were less likely to experience depression during pregnancy than women who did not take part in the intervention.
How can mindfulness help during pregnancy?
Mindfulness can help you to:
- become more aware of your thoughts and feelings
- learn how to respond to your thoughts and feelings in a more positive way
- reduce stress and anxiety
- improve your sleep
- increase your sense of wellbeing
Mumfulness – a wellness program during and after pregnancy
Are you experiencing any symptoms of pregnancy depression or feeling generally anxious? Then Mumfulness might be able to help you.
Our sister app Preglife has now launched Mumfulness – a wellness program developed by Preglife’s team of experts where pregnant women can find a state of good health and well-being both during and after pregnancy.
Stay healthy during pregnancy, prevent pregnancy-related pains, prepare the body for birth, find peace to prevent the baby blues, get to know and heal your new body after pregnancy. The workout and mindfulness programs are customised to fit your personal experience, pregnancy stage and strength level, so that you can listen to your body and follow the exercises at your personal pace.
Get access to:
- Workouts to keep you healthy during pregnancy and after giving birth.
- A postpartum program to help you get to know your new body and speed up recovery.
- Prehab and rehab exercises, to prevent and ease common pregnancy pains and issues.
- Meditation, to help you relax and unwind during and after pregnancy.
And more to come!
Help your body help you!