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Malin, who is expecting a daughter, revealed that she was pregnant in August following a distressing two and a half years.
She tragically lost her baby daughter, Consy, in 2019 and then went on to suffer a miscarriage, admitting that this pregnancy has brought up ‘unhealed trauma’.
‘I started to suffer from prenatal depression and suicidal thoughts’: Malin Andersson has revealed that she takes antidepressants following Dr Alex George’s call to break the stigma
In a bid to end the stigma surrounding medication, she confessed that she has ‘struggled immensely’ from the second trimester and decided to seek help.
Malin shared the brave post to Instagram to highlight prenatal depression and encourage other pregnant women to ask for help.
The reality TV star posted a photo of her open palm holding her medication with her blossoming baby bump visible in the corner, as she mirrored Alex’s earlier post.
Brave: In a bid to end the stigma surrounding medication, Malin confessed that she has ‘struggled immensely’ from the second trimester and decided to seek help
Heartfelt: She tragically lost her baby daughter, Consy, in 2019 and then went on to suffer a miscarriage, admitting that this pregnancy has brought up ’emotions’ and ‘unhealed trauma’
She penned: ‘So I’m deeply inspired to write this because @Dralexgeorge posted something that resonated with me.
ARE ANTIDEPRESSANTS SAFE TO TAKE DURING PREGNANCY?
The research on the effects of taking antidepressants during pregnancy for both mothers and babies is still nascent.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women consult with their doctors to decide whether to stay on or start antidepressants during pregnancy.
The risks are thought to be relatively low, and a mother’s depression itself can also have consequences, like a low birth weight, for her baby.
But the treatment – antidepressants – may have a similar effect according to some research that linked the drugs to lower birth weights as well.
Different kinds of antidepressants also have different effects for developing infants, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) including Prozac and Zoloft are considered some of the safest antidepressants, but may raise risks of low birth weight, heavy bleeding during delivery and possibly increase the risks of a heart defect in the baby.
- Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like Cymbalta are also considered safe, but if a woman takes them late in her pregnancy, they may raises risks of hemorrhaging after giving birth.
- Bupropion, or Wellbutrin treats depression and is intended to help people quit smoking. Most doctors try to avoid prescribing the drug to pregnant women as it may increase the risk of heart defects in babies.
- Tricyclic antidepressants like Pamelor are also to be avoided in order to keep risks of heart defects in the baby at a minimum.
Source: Mayo Clinic
‘As you all know this pregnancy has been a tough time for me. It’s brought up emotions and feelings and Unhealed trauma that I never knew existed within my soul and body.’
‘I’ve struggled immensely and I started to suffer from prenatal depression and suicidal thoughts from the 2nd trimester. I know that it is a HUGE taboo and such stigma to be on antidepressants whilst being pregnant.
She continued: ‘Nobody wants to talk about it or admit if they are, and they are scared to ask for help if they are struggling with their pregnancy. They are also hesitant to give out anti depressants and attach it a lot with pro’s and con’s so we feel damned if we do and damned if we don’t.’
‘I could say much more but I’ll hold it here. I’m a deep, spiritually minded and open person – I live life with positivity – I have overcome some huge battles but even I have suffered this time round and have needed help.
She added: ‘Please don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re pregnant – just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you HAVE to be happy – that everything should be sunshine and rainbows.
‘It doesn’t always work like that – I never thought I would be suffering with pre-natal depression and intrusive thoughts.. this is why I’m posting. To help someone that may need to seek help.
‘You’ve got this. Don’t feel guilty for feeling however you do.’
In previous posts Malin has revealed that she is expecting a daughter on the same date as her late daughter.
She has previously opened up to her fans about trying not to compare her current pregnancy to the previous one.
Malin’s first child, Consy, was born seven weeks premature in December 2018 and was being treated at Great Ormond Street hospital, but sadly passed away aged four weeks on 22 January 2019.
Since then Malin has struggled with further strife, reportedly left terrified after her violent ex recently broke his licence conditions meaning he has been sent back to prison.
Tom Kemp, 29, was jailed at Aylesbury Crown Court in September after admitting to actual bodily harm, which left the reality star ‘black and blue’ following an attack in which he broke her hand.
In October, Malin told how she believes the physical abuse Tom subjected her to while she was pregnant was a factor behind her daughter’s death at just one month old.
Heartbreaking: Malin’s first child, Consy, was born seven weeks premature in December 2018 and sadly passed away aged four weeks on January 22, 2019
Malin’s post comes after Dr Alex George revealed that he takes medication in order to treat his anxiety in a brave post on Instagram this weekend.
The former Love Island star urged his fans to follow his lead and to ‘#postyourpill’ in order to end the stigma around the use of medication to treat mental health.
He explained that he was ‘proud’ of himself for ‘taking control of his health’ and asked his followers to help him ‘take a stand’ against medication stigma.
The A&E doctor shared an image of his open hand holding a pill, his wave tattoo tribute to his late brother Llŷr visible on his wrist.
The campaign quickly took root and many people began posting photos of their medications under the hashtag #postyourpill.
Brave: Dr Alex George, 30, candidly revealed that he takes medication in order to treat his anxiety in a brave post on Instagram
Inspiring: The former Love Island star, urged his fans to follow his lead and to ‘#postyourpill’ in order to end the stigma around the use of medication to treat mental health
Alex later took to his Instagram Story to comment on the rise of the trend, saying: ‘I can’t believe how much momentum #postyourpill is getting.
‘In some ways I can. I think it’s something that most of us can relate to, that stigma around not just mental health but taking medications to help it, or therapy. And I just don’t want people to feel that way.
‘You know I felt stigmatised in the past, and worried that if I did talk about then people would think badly of me or think that you’re not as strong.
‘And it’s rubbish and I really have been reflecting on that recently and think well actually it’s a huge strength.
‘I think it’s a brave decision to take control of your own health and actually just makes you stronger.’
For confidential help and support call the Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected] samaritans.org
Proud: He explained that he was ‘proud’ of himself for ‘taking control of his health’ and asked his followers to help him ‘take a stand’ against medication stigma
DEPRESSION AFFECTS ONE-IN-TEN PEOPLE AT SOME POINT
While it is normal to feel down from time to time, people with depression may feel persistently unhappy for weeks or months on end.
Depression can affect anyone at any age and is fairly common – approximately one in ten people are likely to experience it at some point in their life.
Depression is a genuine health condition which people cannot just ignore or ‘snap out of it’.
Symptoms and effects vary, but can include constantly feeling upset or hopeless, or losing interest in things you used to enjoy.
It can also cause physical symptoms such as problems sleeping, tiredness, having a low appetite or sex drive, and even feeling physical pain.
In extreme cases it can lead to suicidal thoughts.
Traumatic events can trigger it, and people with a family history may be more at risk.
It is important to see a doctor if you think you or someone you know has depression, as it can be managed with lifestyle changes, therapy or medication.
Source: NHS Choices