The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

When depression strikes during pregnancy

When depression strikes during pregnancy

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Writer Jessica Grose discusses her experience suffering from prenatal depression.

In spring this year, writer Jessica Grose sunk into a deep depression. Grose was in the first trimester of her first pregnancy and was barely able to leave the house and eventually quit her job.

She made the difficult decision to start taking medication to combat the deepening prenatal depression.

Depression strikes 10-20 percent of women at some point during their pregnancy but the treatment options are rarely discussed. Many are critical of taking anti depressants during pregnancy for fear that it could harm the baby.

Until very recently, conventional wisdom was that women weren't able to be depressed during pregnancy because a flood of antenatal hormones prevented it.

Grose explored the stigma around prenatal depression in a two part article in the online magazine Slate.

Read more about Jessica Grose's experience in her Slate series:

Why isn’t anyone talking about prenatal depression?

When should a pregnant woman take antidepressants?


Jessica Grose, writer and contributor to Slate

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