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Common Causes of Depression, Guilt, Anxiety and/or Frustration

The following list includes common causes of depression, guilt, anxiety and/or frustration. Knowing these can help you and your family/friends cope during this time.

  • Lack of understanding & support from others
  • Inability to take vitamins, or eat healthy
  • Taking medications perceived as risky
  • Missing out on the "fun" of being pregnant 
  • Loss of a "normal" pregnancy
  • Lost work days or quitting work
  • Putting life "on hold" for many months
  • Longing to eat and drink normally
  • Money expended on care and support
  • Lack of energy and severe fatigue
  • Irritability and lack of enjoyment in life
  • Memory loss or inability to think clearly
  • Burden of care and time on others
  • Lack of socialization (i.e. isolation) 
  • Inability to prepare for birth/arrival of baby
  • Inability to care for family and home
  • Wanting to terminate the pregnancy to end the misery
  • Other's perception that HG is only in your mind
  • Loss of hope that nausea will cease before birth
  • Fear of painful treatments or being force fed
  • Reluctance of doctors to treat due to cost or liability
  • Weight loss or inadequate gain for gestational age of baby
  • Fluctuating emotions due to hormones and illness
  • Sense of inadequacy and failure at being unable to cope or function
  • Fear of harming baby or more difficult birth
  • Fear of morbidity or death
  • Difficulty bonding with baby
  • Lack of energy and socialization for kids
  • Lack of excitement about baby's arrival
  • Dreading the prolonged recovery time

 

Updated on: Apr. 18, 2013

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