What is Prenatal Depression? and How it affects you if it's untreated.

1 in 10 birthing people experience prenatal depression.


What is prenatal depression?

Prenatal Depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy.


Symptoms of depression:

  • mood swings

  • irritability

  • sadness, hopelessness or feeling overwhelmed

  • frequent crying spells or crying easily

  • a lack of energy or motivation

  • a desire to eat often or not feeling like eating at all

  • sleep problems, including sleeping too little or too much

  • difficulty focusing or making decisions

  • memory problems

  • feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, or finding you no longer enjoy them when you do participate

  • withdrawing or wanting to withdraw from friends and family

  • headaches, body aches and pains, or stomach problems that seem different from morning sickness

How can you treat prenatal depression?

Seeking professional help such as a therapist or talking to your OBGYN. Time for self care also helps (i.e. time off of work, spa date, lunch date alone or with a friend(s), vacation/staycation, getting a full night's rest, journaling).


Risks of not getting treatment:

  • eating poorly

  • not gaining enough weight to provide adequate nutrition to your baby

  • you missing important prenatal visits

  • substance use that can have serious consequences for your baby

  • problems during pregnancy and delivery

  • premature birth or having a baby with low birth weight