After the birth of a child, it is common for women to experience some type of mood disturbance. Typically, it is relatively mild (postpartum blues). However, about 10-15% of women experience a more severe and disabling illness, postpartum depression. It has been suggested that women who develop postpartum depression may be more sensitive to the hormonal changes that take place after delivery and that these hormonal changes may contribute to emergence of depressive symptoms during the postpartum period.
With respect to depression after miscarraige, it is thought that some women may experience similar, although less dramatic, hormonal shifts. Whether these hormonal changes can directly precipitate an episode of depression is still unclear. However, we do know that most women report some degree of psychological distress after a miscarriage, and that about 1 in 10 women actually meet criteria for major depression. Risk factors for depression after miscarriage include a prior history of depression, having inadequate social supports and being childless. Symptoms of depression include feeling sad or blue, loss of interest in one’s usual activities, and hopelessness. If any of these symptoms emerge after a miscarriage, further evaluation is necessary.
Neugebauer R. Kline J. Shrout P. et al. Major depressive disorder in the 6 months after miscarriage. JAMA 1997; 277:383-8.
This is good to see,
I suffered a major depressive episode after my miscarriage in 2004, I got pregnant again in 2005, brought to term, but suffered another major depression during that pregnancy.
There is some data to suggest that women who have suffered an episode of depression within the context of a reproductive event (for example, after a miscarriage or after delivery) are more likely to have another episode during pregnancy.
Thus, screening for depression during pregnancy is essential, and early intervention can lead to better outcomes for both the mother and her child.
I recently just found out for the second time now that I lost yet another baby. I do have a daughter and she is 23 months old! I went on this site to try and find answers as to why I am feeling the way I am. Thank you for helping me better understand myself!
7 months after miscarriage depression has set in again has anyone else had this happen to them
I recently had a miscarriage and have been very depressed since. I can hardly even get out of bed. I’m laying here all day long. I want a baby very badly but I have an overwhelming fear of miscarring again. Just don’t know what I should do.
I hope Destiny that you are better. I suffered a miscarriage in August of 2013 and didn’t pass the babies till October my body didn’t want to let go and I refused the Dand C. But now Im still going through depression, anger and worthlessness, Ive made an appt to my Dr today. I pray that you have gotten through this and is better. I am too scared to miscarry again. I know what you are feeling
Im 19 years old and have suffered from depression for most of my short life… I recently had gone to the doctors because I thoight there was a possibility that I was preganat. Well I was . They werent sure on how far along i was so they orded a ultra sound… i knew instantly when they started the ultra sound that i had miscarried before the even told me . There was a baby but no heart beat . It broke my heart and now after aboit two weekss after I went to the doctors im really depressed now and dont know what to do with myself ….
I lost a baby in oct. 2013… found out that Jan. 5th 2014 I got pregnant again just before my hubby was about to deploy with the navy. I was stressed out and always scared I was going to lose this baby too. I had 2 other kids to care for and I was definitely depressed I feel it showed unfortunately for my kids. I felt guilty for a long time it was a really messed up why did my last baby die and yet I was given another baby before I had a real chance to greive.. I’d feel happy one second and then I would feel horrible about being happy. I was always yelling and I was so sick with what I was later on told was a lung infection that my Dr refused to give me medicine for because he was aware of my miscarriage. He was afraid anything he gave me would hurt the baby. (He was born handsome and healthy Sept 30th. I however lost a lot of blood in the delivery. I’m okay now though.) I still Greive That baby that we named C.C. I’m going to get a tattoo to Honor my Angel baby this Friday though. I hope this will help me move on a little because although I’m always thinking of that baby and always miss the child I will never hold I think the hardest part is never having a real name for the baby because I don’t know the gender.
I am three years later on my would be due date and just found myself as sad as I was before a year of therapy. I don’t understand I’ve been feeling better for months. I just finished my period and it wasn’t any more emotional than usual. But I’ve had tears streaming down my face for two days. All the helpless, hopeless DAMN feelings are back. I just feel so lost again
Hi.. I have just lost a baby too. 6 weeks ago at 15 weeks. My waters broke in the night. It was an incomplete miscarriage and I ended up very ill with an infection. Three weeks later I finally had a d&c which made me very unwell again. I just can’t get over it. The scan showed my baby was healthy and active,wriggling around. I can’t understand why this has happened. I’m so down.I’m moody, tearful and don’t want to be here. I have 3 boys from my marriage but this was my first child with my partner who doesn’t have children. I wanted so much to give him this baby. All I can think of is how I have let him down. How I have failed. I feel so worthless. I just don’t want to be here.
It’s 2019, I am 34 year old. When I was growing up I was always a happy person and loved being around people, 2004 I found out I was pregnant was excited with each dr appointment, had my appointment comin up to find out what my baby was goin to be… had a disc n everything ready to record the ultrasound…only to find out my baby had passed away a week before the appointment. I was lost, had no words to say could only cry… why was this happening to me. They done a dnc I went back 2 weeks later for a check up, my mom told them I was handling everything really bad. Dr said it would be best to get me pregnant again so she put me on fertility pills, this was in December by March I was pregnant again and within a few weeks I was dealing with another miscarriage. I shut done n turned from everyone and blocked everyone and everything out. Today it’s 2019 and I have had 4 miscarriages and still don’t have a child. I deal with depression everyday some days are worse than others and some days I just cry. A miscarriage does permanent damage no matter how far you are.
I loss my baby this year February 14 on Valentine’s day I was supposed to be nine weeks and six days but the ultrasound say my baby stop growing at eight weeks…I am very heartbroken ? This was actually my first pregnancy!
I pray we all can get pass this one day. It’s been 6 years since I miscarriage and I still hurts like the first day Drs told me. I’m 42 now and have no babies. All I wanted to be was a mom. I always said I wanted 5 kids now I pray for one. Blessings ???
I found out that I was 5 weeks pregnant (now 6 weeks). I have been spotting on and off and I have been to the Doctor and ER numerous times to figure out what’s going on. I keep hearing that it may be a blighted ovum. This would have been my 3rd child. My husband and I were definitely looking forward to this one. I have not been my jolly self and feel like I may go into a depression. Hopefully I get better news this week.
I just went thru a miscarriage this week 11th Aug 2019. Got admitted on 14th to do evacuation of uterus and discharged ystday 15th Aug. Im in a very depression state and has been crying on n off. Hubby is not much of help n i dun feel the love from him anymore which make it more worse. I just don’t know what to do now. I actually ask him for a divorce which he ignored. This was my 1st pregnancy. Im 37. I don’t think i can handle any more of this.
On August 7th it was determined at 9 weeks with an ultrasound that my baby stopped growing at 6 weeks and had no heartbeat. I am still devastated, my heart is so broken. It is my first pregnancy, my husband and I have been trying and were so happy to be pregnant and having our first child. August 14th I had the D & C and the very next day I turned 35 yrs old. The whole month of August has been terrible. So much worrying and stress. I thought after the D & C I would feel some closure and I do but at the same time I feel sad all the time. One minute I’ll feel okay and then next I’m crying. I feel alone even though my husband is there and so supportive. I honestly don’t know how to describe this feeling of sadness… I’ve never felt this way and I’ve had my issues with depression before.
Im 23 and I just had a miscarriage September 7th of this year. I have a 9month old daughter and got pregnant again in may. I didn’t know I was pregnant til I started bleeding really heavy and had to go to the hospital they had I’m 15weeks along and they let me sit in the er til 8am. Thats when my son fall out of me. I don’t enjoy sex at all anymore. And my best friend told me what I might have and I believe it. Because I’ve been getting angry and forgetting a lot of things. And I’ve been sad on the inside. I don’t show anything. I keep everything built up inside.
I am 32 years old. I have three healthy children. My youngest is 15 months. On October 19 we found out that we were pregnant. We had a name picked out and everything. On November 15 we had our first prenatal appointment. We had an ultrasound and right away they saw something wrong. So they send me to do blood work so they can check on the HCG levels. We have to do this 3 times for about a week. HCG levels during this time are suppose to rise. Mine started to decline. The doctor informs me that this most likely is a missed miscarriage but to make sure we should have another ultrasound. We go and they confirm that yes it is a miscarriage. I am now on my 5th day of bleeding, Emotionally its’s very hard. It’s difficult to not think about.
I am 55 yrs old. I miscarriage at 46 yrs old. Every year is different. Today on Christmas I’m so sad. I look at my husband .and love him very much. I know he wanted children. We attempted foster yrs; but it didn’t happen.? Now, we are at a lost. We believe God always; but it is hard?
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