Help and treatment for pregnancy depression
First of all, it is important to face your negative feelings and accept them. That’s why the German Depression Aid Foundation calls for better education about depression during and after pregnancy. “Education about the disease is necessary, also to alleviate feelings of guilt. It is of the utmost importance for the course of the disease that both the mother and her family understand that it is a treatable disease, ”the Foundation reports on its website. Pregnancy depression or postpartum depression can be treated with professional help, even without medication.
There are no studies yet that have investigated the long-term effects on the child if the mother took antidepressants during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Therefore, doctors use drugs with care, especially in the first trimester when the embryo is developing its organs. Current treatment recommendations for depression in pregnancy can be found at www.embryotox.de, an offer from the Charité Center for Pharmacovigilance of Embryonic Toxicology in cooperation with the Department of Gynecological Psychosomatics of the Bonn University Hospital.
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