Perinatal depression or anxiety can affect any woman – regardless of age, race, income, culture, or education. However, family history, previous health or mental health problems, and stressful life circumstances can increase a woman’s chances of having perinatal depression or anxiety.
Are any of these statements true for you?
It’s hard for me to ask for help.
I’ve had trouble with hormones and moods, especially before my period.
I was depressed or anxious after my last baby or during my pregnancy.
I’ve been depressed or anxious in the past.
My mother, sister, or aunt was depressed after her baby was born.
Sometimes I don’t need to sleep, have lots of ideas, and it’s hard to slow down.
My family is far away and I don’t have many friends nearby.
I don’t have the money, food or housing I need.
If you checked any of the above boxes, you may be more likely to have depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after your baby is born. Sometimes it can be hard to know if you should ask for help. If you have any concerns, it is a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider now. He or she can help you watch for symptoms, and make a plan to take care of yourself and get the support you need during pregnancy and postpartum.