(KUTV) — Being depressed and pregnant is not fun. Untreated depression is associated with poor nutrition, inadequate prenatal care, postpartum depression, impaired mother-baby bonding and an increased risk of suicide.
Dr. Chelsea Morris, a Family Medicine with Obstetrics Physician from Intermountain Layton Clinic, stopped by with some safe and effective tips to help combat the baby blues.
- Get out and move. When you are pregnant, you tend to want to move less, which could make you more depressed. Take a walk. Do some pre-natal yoga. Go for a swim.
- Join a support Group. Talk with your friends. Find a community circle.
- Get adequate rest. Make sure you are sleeping enough and keep a consistent sleep schedule.
- Diet and Nutrition. Make sure you have a healthy diet rich in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid excessive caffeine, sugar, alcohol or substance use.
- Reduce stress. Evaluate stressors in your life such as job, relationships, or lifestyle and eliminate them where possible.
- Professional counseling. Psychotherapy is a proven and effective treatment for depression
- Medication. If your symptoms are severe, talk to your doctor about options that minimize the risk to baby. Many depression medications can be safely used during pregnancy.