Pregnancy has long been viewed as a period of well-being that protected against psychiatric disorders. But depression occurs almost as commonly in pregnant women as it does in non-pregnant women.
Growing evidence suggests that many of the currently available antidepressant medicines are relatively safe for treating depression during pregnancy, at least in terms of short-term effects on the baby. Long-term effects have not been fully studied. You should discuss the possible risks and benefits with your doctor.
If you are not finding relief from anxiety and depression by making these changes, seek your doctor’s advice or a referral to a mental health professional. Therapy and antidepressants can be very effective for pregnant women.
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