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Do I need to see someone for depression while I am pregnant?

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Depression can happen during pregnancy. If you have depression, you should seek treatment from a mental health professional such as a:

Getting treatment for depression can help you regain the energy and motivation to take good care of yourself. Plus, it reduces your babies' risk for preterm birth and low birth weight.

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Other psychotherapist
  • Psychiatrist

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “What Is a Neonatologist?” Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: “What Is Maternal-Fetal Medicine?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy.”

American Dental Association: “Oral Health During Pregnancy,”  “Pregnancy.”

American Optometric Association: “Dry Eye.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Managing Gestational Diabetes.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “For Women with Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health: “Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 04, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “What Is a Neonatologist?” Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: “What Is Maternal-Fetal Medicine?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy.”

American Dental Association: “Oral Health During Pregnancy,”  “Pregnancy.”

American Optometric Association: “Dry Eye.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Managing Gestational Diabetes.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “For Women with Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health: “Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 04, 2016

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