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Depression During Pregnancy

by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife |
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Q What do you suggest doing for depression while pregnant? I am 24 years old with two children, a 2 year old and a 1 year old. I have been feeling really down lately. Could you give me some advice? Thank you.

A I do not know your entire situation, however, it sounds like you are "spent" - physically and emotionally drained. All women go through this. You are young to have two babies so close in age and one on the way.

Motherhood is physically exhausting. I bet you have little time for yourself (even if your husband does help). Not too many years ago your time and energy could be devoted to meeting your own needs and desires and now the family comes first. You need to be "filled up" again.

I recommend that you do something special each day for yourself. Don't be afraid to ask for help around the house or with child care from friends. I know you are concerned as to what people think of you, but unless you let who you really are come out, you won't be you, and you won't be happy. This is called being in performance mode.

I suggest that you talk to someone older and wiser, whom you can trust. This may be an older friend or relative, or a pastor. Churches often provide counseling with licensed, understanding professionals. You may casually say to your midwife that you are feeling low or tired and get her response. I am sure she could help you with referrals and nutritional information.

Your emotions are common reactions to what you are experiencing in your life. And you can change it. Depression can be devastating and life threatening. You have the right to enjoy an uplifting fruitful life.

Anne Sommers

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents


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