Antenatal Depression

perinatal depressionAntenatal depression (ante = before, natal = birth) is also known as prenatal depression.

This form of depression affects between 10 and 15% of Australian women during pregnancy.

Feeling uncertain about becoming a mum, or having fears about the pregnancy, are just two possible reasons that may lead a pregnant woman to feel unhappy, upset or guilty.

Other factors such as relationship issues, stressful life events during the pregnancy, unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, and financial issues, may also contribute to the development of antenatal depression.

Symptoms of Antenatal Depression

The symptoms of antenatal depression may include:

  • Anxiety;
  • Panic attacks;
  • Feeling emotionally numb;
  • Irritability;
  • Sleeping issues;
  • Fatigue;
  • Sadness;
  • Thoughts of death or even suicide.

Then, giving birth and adapting to life with a little one can bring added stress. It is not uncommon for mums to experience mood swings after the arrival of a newborn and for depression to be exacerbated.

If you (or your partner) are experiencing symptoms of antenatal depression, seeking treatment from a mental health professional such as a psychologist can help you.

Psychologist Meggy DelaunayAuthor: Meggy Delaunay, PG Dip Psych Practice, PG Dip Dev Psych, M Genetic Psych, B Psych, MAPS.

Meggy Delaunay is a psychologist with experience in treating individuals experiencing perinatal depression; she is also the mother of three young girls, so is familiar with many of the feelings stirred up by pregnancy and birth. Meggy is a registered Psychologist in Australia, New Zealand and France, and can provide therapy sessions in English and French.

Please call 1800 877 924 to make an appointment with Meggy Delaunay, or book online now!