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Now that I’m pregnant, why do I feel depressed?
Q: I am 10 weeks pregnant and feel stressed and nervous. Sometimes it feels like I’m depressed. Is this normal? Why is this happening, and how will this affect my baby?
A: Many women express concern about the health of their pregnancy and the strange changes they are feeling. Both are normal reactions to the wonder of pregnancy. The feelings you descote are common.

Most of my patients experience stress and anxiety during pregnancy. However, to give you some perspective, consider that even women in extremely stressful conditions – in war zones, for example – manage to deliver healthy babies.

Still, some women develop depression during pregnancy. They notice a decrease in appetite, disrupted sleep, lack of energy and ambivalence toward life. Others have panic attacks and experience overwhelming anxiety. In either case, you should speak to your doctor. He or she should be able to answer your questions, help find solutions to your concerns and ease your anxiety.