According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG), between 14-23% of womenwill struggle with some symptoms of depression in pregnancy.
This was a Stat I remember sitting in bed reading through my tears. I had just gotten into another fight with my husband, We had been married about six months . No stranger to a passionate argument, this one felt diffrent.
The only reason I won’t hurt myself is because I might be pregnant.
Who says that? Who feels that? What was I thinking… Had I lost my mind.
It was months before I started researching Depression During Pregnancy as I sat alone in our bedroom quietly sobbing to myself I realized I wasn’t alone. Not only had other women experinced what I was going through, but It was infact a new theroy . There was a time when doctors belived it was impossible to be anything but happy while you were pregnant.
I would sit on the floor sobbing and my husband feeling so helpless would hold me and say… Poo 😦 ( our term of endearment ) I had convinced myself the child inside of me was taking all of my happiness and it was okay I felt this way because he was going to be so happy!
The idea that I was overwhelmed with sadness during what some women refer to as the best time of there life was more pressure than I could handle.
There are lots of hormonal ups and downs during pregnancy, but depression and anxiety are all consuming and take over. Those voices speak louder than any other. Even the statistics make you feel tiny…you are less than a Quater so you must be broken.
I was sad during my pregnancy and I am a happy well adjusted and gracious mother, my mental health does not change how much I love my child.
Depression during and after pregnancy: A resource for women, their families and friends from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Maternal and Child Health
mothertobaby.org, Medications and more during pregnancy and breastfeeding from the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS)