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Baby Your Baby: Safe and effective ways to treat depression while pregnant

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Baby Your Baby: Safe and effective ways to treat depression while pregnant (KUTV)

(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.

  1. 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.
  2. Join a support Group. Talk with your friends. Find a community circle.
  3. Get adequate rest. Make sure you are sleeping enough and keep a consistent sleep schedule.
  4. 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.
  5. Reduce stress. Evaluate stressors in your life such as job, relationships, or lifestyle and eliminate them where possible.
  6. Professional counseling. Psychotherapy is a proven and effective treatment for depression
  7. 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.
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