Dealing with pre-baby blues4 min read 08 Feb 2016, 08:07 PM IST
Awareness of post-natal depression is on the rise, but women are seldom screened for anxiety or depression during pregnancy
NEW DELHI :
Kavita Thanky, a Bengaluru-based travel and real estate consultant in her early 30s, suffered multiple miscarriages, each time in the first month of pregnancy. After several rounds with fertility experts, when she was successfully pregnant again, extreme paranoia and depression set in. She worried that she would not be able to go through the pregnancy. Thanky, who was otherwise outgoing, felt melancholic all the time—people around her could not understand why. Her gynaecologist told her she might be depressed. And even though she visited a psychologist for counselling, the depression continued into the post-partum period. It took her a long time to recover.