Antenatal Depression

Mothers and Antenatal Depression

Depression is a commonly occurring mood disorder. It is thought that approximately one in ten people experience it during pregnancy. Sometimes it is straightforward to work out why this has occurred but sometimes professional help will be needed.

It is normal to have some up and down days. Pregnancy is a time of constant changes, most of them are positive but you may find your mood dips if:

  • You feel physically uncomfortable
  • You are not enjoying being pregnant
  • You are having trouble sleeping

This may pass after a few hours or days. However you may have antenatal depression if:

  • Low mood persists over weeks/months
  • You have trouble enjoying things like you used to
  • You are not interested in things like before

Fathers and Antenatal Depression

Not much is known about antenatal depression in men, however as it has now been recognised that men can experience postnatal depression it is likely that they can experience it antenatally too. Depression is a commonly occurring mood disorder which affects approximately one in ten people. Sometimes it is straightforward to understand why this has occurred and at others professional help may be needed.

It is normal to have some up and down days. When your partner is pregnant, it is a time of constant changes, most of them are positive but you may find your mood dips if:

  • You feel left out as the focus is now on the mother and baby
  • You are having not sure you will be a good Dad
  • You are worried about your partner and/or baby

This may pass after a few hours or days. However you may have antenatal depression if:

  • Low mood persists over weeks/months
  • You have trouble enjoying things like you used to
  • You are not interested in things like before

Treatment options

If you feel like this it is advisable to see your doctor who may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can. Medication and/or talking treatments may be able to help.


How can I assist?

In the first instance you might want to ask me a question via email – I can offer general advice and guidance, or I can give you personalised advice, treatment and support throughout your pregnancy on the telephone.

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