Perinatal Depression: What You Need to Know

Perinatal depression is a type of clinical depression that can occur during pregnancy or in the year following the birth of a child.

It affects approximately 15% of pregnant women and new mothers.

Symptoms of perinatal depression include:

  • feeling sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed most of the time
  • losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy
  • having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • experiencing changes in appetite or weight
  • feeling anxious, irritable, or on edge
  • having difficulty concentrating
  • feeling worthless or guilty
  • withdrawing from friends and family
  • thoughts of death or suicide

Pregnant women who are experiencing this type of depression often feel ashamed. Expecting a child is ‘supposed’ to be a joyful experience, so they worry that their emotions are unnatural. Additionally, many women do not want to take medication during pregnancy, so they don’t seek help.

How can I prevent getting it?

There are several things that you can do to prevent perinatal depression.

First, it is important to have a support system in place. This could be your partner, friends, family, or a support group for pregnant women or new mothers.

Secondly, make sure to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. This means eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly.

Finally, be honest with your doctor about how you’re feeling and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I think I might have perinatal depression. What should I do?

First and foremost, reach out to your doctor or a mental health professional.

Additionally, there are many support groups available both in person and online.

Finally, remember that you are not alone in this – millions of women experience perinatal depression each year.

There are also several things you can do to help manage the symptoms of depression. These include:

  • getting regular exercise
  • eating a healthy diet
  • getting enough sleep
  • avoiding alcohol and drugs
  • talking to a therapist or counsellor

If you are struggling with perinatal depression, please take steps to manage your symptoms and make sure you are taking care of yourself.

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