My OB said that there is no such thing as antenatal depression, but I had it

My OB said that there is no such thing as antenatal depression, but I had it

Meg Vanordstrand's first pregnancy was "dissatisfied," she said to "Good Morning America."

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“I had postpartum depression, however,” she said about her postnatal experience. "That's what I prepared for a second time around."

But the second pregnancy was very different.

"They were so different that I had to have a boy," said Vanordstrand, although both children are girls.

The gender of the child who did the second time around is not very different from the first time. It was antenatal depression.

"Every basic human task was very large," Vanordstrand said. " Going out of bed, getting dressed, falling from infants. Everything felt like climbing on Mount Everest.

Mommy had two Bloomington, Minnesota, “short and indifference for no reason. I realized that it wasn't fair to me or my family. ”

Vanordstrand told "GMA" that she sought advice from her obstetrician, but that she was unhappy.

"The doctor basically said it was impossible," she said. "It was like, 'That doesn't happen to pregnant women."

So as many moms do, she started searching online answers. But they were not easily found. Although well covered material is postpartum depression, the less depression during pregnancy.

As a result, Vanordstrand said, that "a lot of embarrassment" on her experience. "This view is that you should be grateful that you are pregnant."

It happened, despite the lack of knowledge of prenatal depression, sometimes called prepartum, it is not so rare.

Alexandra Sacks, M.D., said a reproductive psychiatrist and a podcast host of Mother's Sessions, "Studies show that up to 20% of women may experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy.

There is one commonality that may be among women with antenatal depression having tackled depression before pregnancy. This was the case with Vanordstrand, who previously took antidepressants.

"When women with a depression history stop them having their antidepressants before pregnancy, they may be at greater risk for relapse during pregnancy," said Sacks. "As a reproductive psychiatrist, I work with patients to discuss the risks and benefits of starting or following antidepressants during pregnancy."

Vanordstrand asked the advice of the midwife she was working with when her doctor did not want the answers she wanted.

“I wanted everything to be as natural as possible, but she said to me,“ It's okay to do what you need to do, ”she said.

So, after her the natural way to sleep more exhausted, eating better, speaking therapy, agpuncture and functioning, Vanordstrand realized that it was time to go back to her medication. She saw another obstetrician and she got the recipe she wanted.

But still, she said, "We went and went." Finally, she realized for her – and for her family – that the antidepressant was her right choice. Within two weeks, she said to "GMA," she felt better.

"It was like a veil to be set aside," she said.

Sacks said there are resources for women with similar experiences.

"If you have a history of depression and you are not sure what to do about your treatment during pregnancy, or if you are pregnant and not sure what kind of support you might benefit from, talk to your doctor, to your practitioner, or call the International Postpartum Support hotline 1-800-944-4773, "she said.

Like Vanordstrand, she and her family are doing well, including her husband and two young girls, Liv and Nora. If she could talk to her ex-husband, she told "GMA" that she would help with earlier help.

"There is a way to feel better," she said. "I'm sure some of the women are white, but I felt terrible, it didn't stop. Assume this is happening, and be prepared for yourself."


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