Depression Affects Pregnant Women & Their Young Children

Depression Affects Young Children


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Depression affects about 350 million people in our world today. Among this 350 million, even pregnant women suffer from this mental disorder before, during and after giving birth.

Depression can have many affects from the pregnant women who face it directly to the children who they give birth to who are indirectly affected by it.

Children are heavily affected by their mother’s behavior whether its a positive or negative impact onto their lives. NYTimes admits that “pregnant women with depression often take poorer care of their prenatal health”. There are many types of ways to nurture your children and mold them into the person they ought to be. If a pregnant women is constantly suffering from depression, the impact they have on their baby will definitely be negative affecting their child’s life in an unstable environment. As reported in NYtimes, “maternal mental illness can affect children, leading to behavioral problems, emotional instability and difficulty in school”. Babies are more likely to become anxious and hesitant with any human contact affecting their social skills.  Toddlers are less likely to excel in their studies affecting how their shaping into a student. Lastly, children may feel less motivated and confident in themselves affecting their academic progression.

The average person already assumes that depression globally affects millions of people but what one doesn’t always suspect is that depression is also heavily prevalent in pregnant women as well. Even Pam Bulluck from NYTimes admits that “evidence that maternal mental illness is more common than previously thought and that many cases of what has been called postpartum depression actually start during pregnancy”. An ordinary person can expect that most people who suffer from depression immediately get over it as time goes on but, little do they know that pregnant women who face depression can even affect the baby and they’re family. Prior to this knowledge, a person may assume that after giving birth, the mother may become depression- free, but actually giving birth can increase their negativity and anxiety levels entirely. Jenna Zalk Berendzen still challenges depression after delivering her first child five years ago and admits that she never thought it’d affect her as badly as it did. She includes how this desolation state “hit her very, very severely”.

Prior to finalizing this screening of pregnant women, the panel pushed this notion aggressively and successfully made “depression screening be covered under the Affordable Care Act” available to all women because in 2009, guidelines (in the Department of Health and Human Services) did not mention depression during or after pregnancy.

This topic affects everyone in its own special way. First and foremost, this post screams to pregnant women since they are currently carrying a newborn. It will make them wonder if they hold any symptoms, speak to them if they are suffering with depression and reassure them they are not alone. This topic will call out people of all ages and allow them to really appreciate their mothers and what they had to go through to get them here today. According to NYTimes, experts admit that “an estimated one in seven postpartum mothers” suffer with depression everyday. In retrospect, there are millions of pregnant women walking this earth today and if you were to count each from one to seven, the seventh women may or may not be suffering from depression.

This topic heavily affects me for a number of reasons. This topic interests me and makes me wonder how the world is taking this and what we’re doing to help suffering mothers. Join me as we take a look how depression affects the lives of many pregnant women for the next four months and how this progression positively changes.

How is the world doing to help these depressed pregnant women?

Are these treatments successfully effective?

How is the child affected? Positive? Negative?

What is going through these depressed pregnant women’s minds?

What does the future hold for this topic?


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mia Brown says:

    Very interesting topic, good job on the blog so far!


  2. “even pregnant women suffer from this mental disorder before, during and after giving birth,” sounds like they should be immune to disease or disorder. Maybe to show direction you should include them into the statistic of ‘depression affects 350 million people, including pregnant women.’


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