Mental health & pregnancy

Symptoms of depression

  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety 
  • Difficulty performing routine daily tasks
  • Feeling that nothing matters

Who is at risk?

  • 1 in 5 women will suffer from depression in pregnancy or postpartum
  • Previous history of depression or anxiety
  • Previous history of postpartum depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Difficult pregnancy or delivery

What can you do?


When we ask women affected by mental health conditions they say that talking to someone is the first step on the road to recovery. Confide in a partner, friend, doctor or midwife.

Get a referral to the perinatal mental health team in your hospital.

How is depression treated?

  • Health diet and exercise
  • Talking to a perinatal mental health professional
  • CBT
  • Medication

What antidepressants are safe in pregnancy?

  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Sertraline 
  • Citalopam, Escitalopram

Please check with your doctor if you are pregnant and taking medication. Do not stop your medication suddenly, seek advice.


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