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20 Apr 2004

pregnant and depressed
Hi. I am a 20 year old woman who is about 14 weeks pregnant. My problem is that I am so depressed that I cry over the smallest things I even cry when making supper. It has become so bad that i have even stopped talking to my unborn baby, which is aparantly not a good thing. Is there anything that I can do to cheer up for the sake of my child and my relationship with my boyfriend becuase I don't know how much he crying he will still be able to take, and is the depression going to do any harm to my child before it is born? Please help.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear charldene,
My dear, no child has ever come to any harm because his mother stopped talking to him in the womb. If such chating to the unborn baby makes You feel god, that's good in itself, and maybe the baby might benefit. But it is very, very, far from being necessary for the child's wellbeing.
But even if this depression isn't harming your child, it's absolutely unpleasant for you, and needs to be asssed and helped. DO go and see a shrink, for an assessment and specific advice. Psychotherapy /counselling is most likely to help at this stage, as we prefer to avoid using antidepressants, or any other drugs, during pregnancy unless very much needed ; and it's probably just some of the surging hormones kicking in and making you over-emotional ; and I expect that you, bf, and baby will all do well.
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