Are you struggling with depression in pregnancy?

During pregnancy, hormone changes can affect brain chemicals and cause depression and anxiety. Women with depression during pregnancy can often feel anxious, or permanently low. It’s important to remember that depression is treatable. You are not alone.

What is depression in pregnancy?

Between 12% and 23% of all pregnant women go through depression during pregnancy, while 5% to 25% of women go through postpartum depression. 

If you have untreated depression, you might not seek optimal prenatal care, eat the healthy foods your baby needs or have the energy to care for yourself. You are also at increased risk of postpartum depression and having difficulty bonding with your baby

However low you are feeling now, please remember that depression is treatable. 

When to seek treatment

You should consider treatment for your Depression when:
A persistent feeling of low mood or unhappiness
Low self-esteem, such as feelings of inadequacy about parenthood
The inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable
Poor response to reassurance
Thoughts of suicide
Poor adherence to prenatal care
Covid19 and the pregnancy were very intense and I am glad I had therapy during this time as I don't know how I would have coped otherwise.
Female, 33
It has helped me get my life back. So relieved, in time for baby.
Female, 25
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CBT is the treatment of choice for mild to moderate depression. If symptoms of depression are severe, and medication is required, then it has a greater effect if combined with CBT. Guidelines on depression, produced by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend CBT as an effective psychological treatment to overcome depression and stay well. All our CBT Therapists are BABCP accredited therapists, so all are specifically trained to treat depression with CBT.
Talk about your feelings to a friend, family member, doctor or midwife
Try calming breathing exercises if you feel overwhelmed
Do physical activity if you can – it can improve your mood and help you sleep
Eat a healthy diet with regular meals
Try to attend antenatal classes to meet other pregnant people
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