Although pregnancy is usually a happy time, did you know that as many as 1-in-10 pregnant women experience depression? Most people are familiar with “postnatal” depression but many do not appreciate the risk of “prenatal” depression. In most cases, the symptoms are not recognised and therefore not treated. The risk is especially high in women with a previous history of depression or other mental health problems.
Symptoms to watch out for during your pregnancy and in the 6 weeks after baby is born are:
- Low mood
- Loss of enjoyment in normal activities
- Reduced energy and fatigue
In addition, sleep and appetite may be disturbed and there may be reduced concentration and reduced self-confidence. If you experience these symptoms for a prolonged period (2 weeks or more), you should talk to your obstetrician. There are many treatments available for depressive symptoms, including counselling, input from a psychologist and anti-depressant medications, most of which are very safe in pregnancy. Do not feel that there is nobody who can help you.
If you are wish to make an appointment to see Dr. Colin Walsh to discuss these issues, please call us on 1300 460 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org