Navigation Links Explains How to Spot the Signs of Antenatal and Postnatal Depression


  • feeding and/or sleeping problems,
  • compulsions such as constant hand-washing,
  • low self-esteem
  • excessive crying and feelings of anxiety or panic
  • agoraphobia
  • feeling isolated
  • a pessimistic outlook on life
  • a general lack of interest in anything

What are the causes?

Anyone can suffer from antenatal depression, but you are more likely to experience it if you:

  • have a history of depression,
  • have a complicated pregnancy
  • lack support from friends and family members

How can I help?

If you suffer from antenatal depression, the following suggestions might help:

  • eat a healthy diet, one which includes folic acid, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, iron and Vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D
  • taking gentle forms of exercise, such as walking, pregnancy yoga and swimming
  • don't bottle your emotions up - talk to those around you
  • meet other pregnant mums; through joining a pregnancy yoga group or attending antenatal classes, for example
  • most importantly, consult your GP; he will assess your condition and may prescribe anti-depressants or refer you to a counsellor

Postnatal depression

The depression that some mums experience after having a baby is referred to as postnatal depression.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of Postnatal Depression are

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