Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pre - Pregnancy Assessments

I am very lucky to have access to many newly presented and published studies. I like to pass on interesting findings, always aware that this is just one small study. So don't panic. But learn a valuable lesson about pre- pregnancy check-ups.

This study finds that women who suffered anxiety before a pregnancy where more at risk for having a baby with "excessive crying". Who cares? Well, aside from wanting to tear your hair out over the crying ( excessive is defined as crying for three hours a day for three days a week for three weeks ). BTW, that really doesn't sound so excessive to me. I guess I must have had a lot of anxiety before my pregnancies. The theory presented by this particular author from Technische Universitaet of Dresden, Germany and the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy in Dresden is that early crying in an indicator for developmental disorders in childhood.

Again, so what? Well, according to this particular study with a two- fold increased risk of this crying and the implications, it may well be important to report pre- pregnancy anxiety disorders and to treat these disorder before and during pregnancy.  Interestingly, mothers who suffered a depressive disorder before pregnancy did NOT have an increased ratio for excessive infant crying. And mothers with symptoms of anxiety and depression DURING pregnancy weren't found to be at significantly increased risk either.

So, as reported to Medscape News, the implication from this study says all of us with depression and or anxiety in pregnancy are not as problematic as those of us who have had anxiety pre- pregnancy. I believe that whatever study says what, we are always best served by reporting anything to our providers and being proactive about being heard and treated because the body ( even a pre-pregnant one ) has a head.

We still do not acknowledge that that there is just as much validity to how we feel mentally as physically in assessing overall well being. Disease and illness are both mental and physical and one should not be taken more seriously than the other. Especially when  we are considering pregnancy. I believe that everyone planning a pregnancy should have a complete and thorough evaluation for the most positive outcome.