If you have any concerns or questions about Pregnancy Depression speak to your GP or midwife - this information is a general overview and not intended as professional medical advice.
Depression during pregnancy is actually more common than postnatal depression, with some mums-to-be plagued with feelings of anxiety about birth and worries about their unborn baby’s health. The impending change to their lifestyle can add to the problem. Pregnant women tend to keep these feelings to themselves, as antenatal depression can be seen as a taboo subject; with mums-to-be expected to be happy and blooming. This leaves women worrying how others will view them and how it will reflect on their abilities as a mother.
Symptoms of antenatal depression include:
- Unable to sleep
- Extreme tiredness
- Feeling unable to cope
- Loss of appetite
- Comfort eating
- Crying more than usual
- Inability to concentrate
If you are worried that you may be suffering from antenatal depression then it is important that you speak to someone such as:
- Partner/friend/family member
- GP or midwife
They can offer you the help and support you need to help you get better. There are effective treatments that can be offered such; as counselling and antidepressants. There are antidepressants available that are safe to take during your pregnancy.
For help and advice you can call MIND the mental health charity on 08457 660163 or go to the MIND website.
You may also wish to take a look at the Depression in Pregnancy website.