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Yes, Prenatal Depression is a Thing

For three out of her four pregnancies, Rebecca Hartley-Woods struggled with dark, anxiety-filled thoughts. "I thought I was crazy, hormonal, and that if I gave voice to what I was feeling, someone would say, 'You're supposed to be happy, aren't you excited?' " says Hartley-Woods, a doula in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Reducing prenatal depression as well as increasing the brain development for the fetus are two good reasons to take adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy.  My recommendation for an adequate level is 2.5 grams of EPA and DHA per day.

 

 

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