Depression in pregnancy
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
Are you looking for a therapist?
What you need to know
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