Depression & Mental Health

Expert reports about Depression & Mental Health


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE DEPRESSION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is depression?

While being pregnant can trigger episodes of depression, the symptoms of depression are no different in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women. Women are considered to have mild to moderate major depression if they experience 5 or more of the following symptoms for periods lasting 2 or more weeks:

 

  • Feeling moody, sad, overwhelmed, or crying a lot
  • Losing interest in most or all activities that used to give you pleasure 
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Eating too little or too much causing changes in your weight
  • Low energy, slowed-down thinking or feeling hyper and having high energy
  • Poor concentration, difficulty focusing and making decisions, poor memory
  • Thoughts of worthlessness, guilt, and hopelessness
  • Recurrent thoughts about death or suicide

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