Welcome back to our continuing look at depression during pregnancy. In our previous post, we discussed the signs and symptoms to look for in a mother-to-be. We also discussed the potential causes for depression in pregnancy. Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression in pregnant women is important. For more information, see our previous post.
Depression during pregnancy doesn't just harm the mother; it can harm the baby as well. Seeking treatment for depression can be difficult, but not seeking treatment can put both mom and baby at a greater risk once the baby is born. Depression poses risks to the baby in the form of the following. If you need depression therapy in Raleigh, NC, please call Legacy Freedom.
- Preterm birth (before 37 weeks)
- Low post birth APGAR score
- Reduced weight at birth
- Failure to adapt outside the womb
- Respiratory distress
These symptoms of untreated depression in the baby can pose serious risks to the baby's ability to thrive after delivery. Baby isn't the only one who can experience significant issues after childbirth if depression is left untreated.
Mothers who struggle with depression during their pregnancies and do not get treated are more likely to:
- Experience pre-term labor
- Poor quality attachment to their baby
- Be diagnosed with preeclampsia
- Abuse alcohol or drugs while pregnant
- Terminate their pregnancy
- Experience anxiety postpartum
- Severe postpartum depression
- Commit suicide
- Greater risk for birth via C-section
Many expectant mothers choose not to treat their depression because they fear the use of medications will harm their unborn child. Fortunately, there are many alternative treatments for depression that do not involve taking any types of medication.
- Talk therapy or support group therapy
- Inclusion of healthy fatty acids in your diet
- Gentle exercise for 30 minutes a day
- Light therapy
All of these are effective ways to help alleviate your depressed mood, but there is no substitute for talking with a trained professional who can help you get to the root of your depression. At Legacy Freedom, we know that pregnancy can be overwhelming and emotional. We also know that asking for help can be scary and confusing. Our care team is here to help you get the care you need. We don't judge, just provide the support and understanding you need during this difficult time.
Holistic Depression Therapy In Raleigh, NC For Women
Our holistic approach to depression therapy in Raleigh, NC puts you, not your depression, at the center of your care plan. Helping you heal mind, body, and spirit is our primary goal. Your care team will assist in creating a care plan specifically for your needs. Focusing on your diet and exercise needs with our on-staff dietician and physical therapist helps you begin to restore your body and ease the aches and pains that accompany depression.
Traditional talk therapy in one-on-one sessions helps you identify the cause of your depression while our group therapy allows you to connect with people who are experiencing depression as well. Forming supportive connections in group therapy helps you create a support network when you are away from our outpatient facility. Involving friends, loved ones, and family in your care is important. Legacy Freedom of Raleigh offers you the chance to include these people in your treatment program.
We proudly offer more than ten different types of alternative therapies to help you heal your spirit, learn new coping mechanisms and set healthy boundaries. Whether you choose acupuncture, equine therapy, aromatherapy or sound therapy our care team will help you find the right treatment for you. Learn more about our alternative therapy offerings and our holistic approach to mental health care on our blog.
Don't wait to get the help you need for your depression. Call or click to connect with our care team today. Your journey to healing begins with our depression therapy in Raleigh, NC!