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Depression during pregnancy is more common than you think. As many as 1 out of 5 pregnant women show signs of depression. If you’re one of them, recognize that some signs are serious and can pose risks for you and baby. The good news is that there are lots of ways to deal with depression. These include therapy, support groups and medications. If you’re showing signs of depression, talk to your provider right away. Together, you can choose what treatment is best for you.
Feeling stressed is common during pregnancy, too. Sometimes, life takes unexpected turns and that doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant. Whether it’s the loss of a job, a divorce, or the death of a close family member, it’s okay to feel this way. Recognize that you’re feeling stressed and talk with your provider about ways to lower your stress.
Managing work and pregnancy can also be tricky. Most working women can keep working during their pregnancy, even right up until their due date. If you’re working, planning ahead can help you and your employer get ready for this new phase of your life. Learning how to stay safe and comfortable at work can help you have a healthy pregnancy.