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Have you heard of “the pregnancy blues?” Mental shifts during pregnancy are not a popular topic of discussion; however, understanding the impacts of pregnancy on mental health can allow women to make a successful plan to overcome these changes. 

Here’s everything you need to know about mental health during pregnancy and how to spot the signs of anxiety and depression disorders in the early stages. 

Emotional Challenges During Pregnancy

In order to prepare for a successful pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes significant hormonal changes. The pregnancy hormone HCG begins increasing rapidly, which is responsible for many of the well-known pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and mood swings. 

Hormones affect emotions, so it’s completely normal to feel more anxious, easily upset, or even sad at times during pregnancy. 

Challenges with finances and family life can add to these emotional shifts, so it’s important to know the warning signs of a significant mental health disorder. 

What are the Signs of Mental Health Disorders During Pregnancy?

Depression and anxiety are the most commonly reported mental health disorders during pregnancy. The warning signs are the same for women not currently pregnant and can include: 

  • Low self-esteem, such as feelings of inadequacy about parenthood
  • The inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable
  • Poor response to reassurance
  • Poor adherence to prenatal care
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol, or using illicit drugs
  • Poor weight gain due to a decreased or inadequate diet
  • Thoughts of suicide

Anxiety disorders are marked by feelings of worry, fear, and nervousness that do not go away but rather increase in intensity as the pregnancy progresses. 

Remember, the National Suicide Hotline is available 24/7 by dialing 988. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to call for help. 

Finding Support

If you’re currently pregnant and experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s time to find some local support. 

Birthright of Atlanta is ready to take this pregnancy journey with you and empower your decisions and mental health every step of the way. 

We offer extensive pregnancy counseling in a friendly and private setting. Reach out to schedule a no-cost appointment with our office today by calling 770-451-2273. 

Your pregnancy is important, and we have time for you.