Pregnancy and Depression

This month’s PARENTS magazine has a nice article on pregnancy and depression. Check it out. Here’s the best part šŸ˜‰

Have a Happier Pregnancy

If you think you’re at risk for depression, take this advice from Karen Kleiman, coauthor of This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression.

Get plenty of rest and eat well.

Ask your ob-gyn about ways to stay active — exercise reduces the depression hormone cortisol.

Try to keep your expectations of your pregnancy realistic.

Remind yourself that it won’t be blissful for nine straight months.

Be open with your husband and doctors. Let them know how you’re really feeling.

Keep in touch with your family and close friends. Depressed women may withdraw from others because they think people won’t want to be around them or that others won’t understand.

If possible, postpone any big life changes, like moving or switching jobs.

If you don’t feel like yourself and the feeling persists for more than a couple of weeks, don’t assume you’ll get better on your own. Tell your doctor.

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