There’s no doubt that pregnancy is an amazing time for a woman, but with all the hormonal changes and emotional stress that come with it, many women also find that what should be a happy time in their lives is tainted by feelings of depression. While some anti-depressants are approved for use during pregnancy, according to CNN, many expectant moms choose to look for a more natural treatment for depression to protect their unborn baby.
For women who are concerned about exposing their unborn babies to anti-depressants, light therapy may be a natural alternative, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mild cases of depression may benefit from simply spending more time outside in the sunlight. More severe or chronic cases of depression can use an artificial light therapy box each morning. Few side effects result from light therapy, such as suffering from headaches, but they are rare and often mild.
Meditation is a wonderful tool to use to relax during pregnancy and to prepare for childbirth, but it can also be an effective natural treatment against depression. Deep breathing exercises can help lower blood pressure and encourage deeper sleep if done before bedtime. Relaxing CDs can be used to assist meditation and act as a calming influence throughout the day. Lying down in a comfortable position and focusing on relaxing each part of the body, one at a time, is a simple meditation exercise that can help soothe the nerves during pregnancy.
Increase Fish Intake
Fish oil is well known as a natural treatment for depression. According to the Mayo Clinic, some studies indicate that fish oil may be as effective as antidepressants for treating depression. Fish oil supplements may be taken, but it is important to check with a doctor before adding any supplements to your diet. Some types are safe to use during pregnancy; some are not. Eating at least two servings of fish a week can help increase your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids without adding supplements to your diet. High-mercury fish should be avoided during pregnancy. Opt instead for shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock or catfish.
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