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Antenatal depression and anxiety

Definition and causes

Antenatal depression is a form of depression that can affect one in eight women during pregnancy and can continue after the birth.

It can often be triggered by many factors including, hormonal and physical changes, fear and stress of the pregnancy, family, financial, or relationship issues.

If you have a family history of mental health problems or have previously had depression, this can increase your risk of developing depression during your pregnancy.

Please explore the following sections for more information:

These risks include:

  • talking to your midwife, health visitor or GP about how you are feeling
  • talking through the issues with your partner, friends or family will give you more emotional support
  • relaxation and practice positive thinking
  • maintaining a healthy diet and exercise
  • counselling/talking therapies
  • medication i.e antidepressants
  • self-help – you can look on the internet and read books on the subject
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