We’ve finally made it to what’s considered full term! #37weeks
Although this is a joyous milestone, I’d like to talk about what I feel isn’t expressed enough during pregnancy:
depression and anxiety.
Often times there’s this imagery that people paint in their heads that pregnancy is supposed to be this glamorous journey with nothing but rainbows and butterflies, and that we’re expected to be happy 100% of the time; after all, we are growing life inside of us.
Well the truth is, that’s just unrealistic.
Yes there will be blissful moments however some women experience the complete opposite half way through or all throughout their pregnancy.
We are told of mood swings, and we are informed of postpartum depression. But hardly anybody talks about antepartum depression.
According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), between 14-23% of women will struggle with some symptoms of depression DURING pregnancy. And a lot of the times this can be overlooked at as just “pregnancy mood swings” and that in itself can be very dangerous for mom and baby.
The reason why I’m sharing this today is because I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. I’ve noticed dramatic changes in my eating habits, sleep pattern, and anxiety levels as we’re closing in on the due date. Not to mention the random bouts of crying and irritability for no reason.
If you or anyone you know are unsure whether you’re struggling with depression and anxiety, I encourage you to reach out. Pregnant or not, talk to your doctor, find a great support system, and please remember to take care of yourself. At least try.
I hope I was able to shed some light into the subject and remind you that you’re not alone.