Bringing a baby into this work is such a blessing but it can also be speckled with feelings of fear and thoughts of inadequacy. All of which are typical feeling a woman experiences to some degree during her pregnancy, especially if it is the first one. Having a safe place to discuss your feelings without fear of judgment can help to prepare you emotionally for the arrival of your baby.
As a mother we assume new life roles that are often times confusing and become intertwined with previous roles and identities. Allowing yourself to adapt your previous identity to accommodate your new role as a mother can be a delicate dance requiring some insight and help in navigating the process.
No one is shielded from the possibility of depression during pregnancy. If you are experiencing any combination of the feelings below you are not alone, you are a good mother, and there is help. The chance of depression during pregnancy transforming into Postpartum Depression are very high so the quicker you can get the help you deserve the quicker you can start feeling better and focusing on the matters that mean the most to you.
- Excessive crying/weepiness
- Sleeplessness (unable to fall asleep or stay asleep)
- Loss of appetite
- Obsessive, non-stop thoughts
- Constant feelings of nervousness (impairs your ability to make decisions)
- Feelings of panic
- Excessive guilt
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Thoughts about death (self or baby)