While most pregnant women experience mild mood changes during or after birth, 15 to 20% of women experience severe symptoms of depression or anxiety. With proper care you can prevent the worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover.
Every woman has the possibility of developing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. Symptoms can begin any time during pregnancy or the first 12 months post-birth. Though common, there are effective and well-researched treatment options to help recuperate.
Depression during and after pregnancy occurs more often than most people would think. Depression during pregnancy is also called antepartum or prenatal depression, and depression after pregnancy is referred to as postpartum depression.
Approximately 15% of women experience significant postpartum depression, though the percentages rise for women who are also dealing with poverty or teen pregnancy. Ten percent of women experience antepartum depression in pregnancy.
Symptoms can start anytime during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. They differ for everyone, and could include:
· Feelings of anger or irritability
· Lack of interest in the baby
· Appetite and sleep disturbance
· Crying and sadness
All forms of pregnancy mood disorders are treatable. If symptoms are making it difficult to enjoy your current pregnancy or newborn child, contact a doctor to find a treatment right for you. Having a child should be a joyous time; don’t let depression or anxiety get in the way.