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Depression and anxiety can occur at any stage throughout pregnancy and postnatally. Having a baby can be a rollercoaster of a ride in terms of emotions but depression and anxiety can cause a change in mood that is persistent and more severe than the average tearfulness that a woman may experience on the odd occasion. If you’re not sure if you’re suffering with depression and anxiety, or if it’s your pregnancy and postnatal hormones that are making you feel down, then here are some of signs of depression and anxiety to look out for: 

  • A persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
  • Loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
  • Lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • Trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day
  • Feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions
  • Loss of appetite or an increased appetite (comfort eating)
  • Feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic (you “can’t be bothered”)
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-blame
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in their company
  • Frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby, suicide or self harm

You may not have all of these symptoms but if any of these become concerning, speak with your doctor or midwife. 

During pregnancy, you may be feeling a little more sensitive than normal. You may find that things that never usually bother you, really start to affect you. Hormones, tiredness, nausea and your changing body can have an impact on this.

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