Adjusting to life changes around pregnancy, birth and motherhood can be a stressful time.
Depression affects approximately one in five women at some point in their lives.
Depression affects up to 10% of women during pregnancy (antenatal depression) and around 16% of women in the first year after giving birth (postnatal depression).
3-10% of dads can experience depression at these times too.
Significant numbers of women may experience depressive symptoms prior to the birth of their baby. The symptoms of depression in pregnancy are the same as they are at other stages in life and it is common to experience symptoms of anxiety as well as depression. Postnatal depression may occur within the first twelve months following giving birth.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Change in appetite
- Crying for no reason
- Irritable and moody
- Feeling numb and empty
- Fear of being alone
- Feeling guilty
- Feeling negative
- Loss of confidence and self esteem
There are many effective treatments available for managing perinatal depression (antenatal and postnatal depression). The path to feeling better can include receiving counselling, encouraging involvement in activities, medication and practical ongoing support.
How you feel matters..for you, your baby and your relationship. The sooner you get support the sooner you will feel better.
Postnatal Depression (PND)