Expected Mothers, Unexpected Depression
Complete Wellbeing|October 2015
Expected Mothers, Unexpected Depression
Even though common, depression during pregnancy is unfortunately dismissed by doctors and family members alike. Gaurai Uddanwadikar tells you what you can do to prevent and manage pregnancy related emotional turmoil.
Gaurai Uddanwadikar

Four Months Ago Riya discovered that she was pregnant. She and her husband were not prepared yet to start a family. However, Riya’s husband quickly accepted the situation and was in fact looking forward to the arrival of the baby. Though Riya has tried to do the same and put on a happy face, her world inside is in complete turmoil. Throughout the four months so far, she has been plagued with severe anxiety and refuses to let her husband leave her side.

This story is one of the many that I encounter. Even with a healthy pregnancy, many expecting mothers experience anxiety bordering on panic. She could be overjoyed and looking forward to the arrival of her newborn and yet be riddled with doubt about her ability as a mother. The timing of the pregnancy may have an impact, too. It could mean cutting down on work or even resigning, financial setbacks and not to mention the frustration of lagging behind in your career.

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October 2015