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Mental health:
Pregnancy and year one

Many people experience some mild mood changes during pregnancy or after the birth of a child, but 15 to 20% of those who give birth experience more intense symptoms. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders — such as postpartum depression — can affect anyone, no matter our age, race, how much money we make, or our cultural background.

THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE:

  • feeling sad or depressed
  • feeling more irritable or angry
  • having difficulty bonding with our baby 
  • feeling anxious or panicked
  • having problems eating or sleeping
  • having persistent upsetting thoughts
  • feeling as if we’re out of control or “losing it”
  • feeling worried we might hurt our baby or ourself

Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy or the year after giving birth. Although you may have heard the term “postpartum depression,” there are many types of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders that may occur.

The good news is there are many of us who understand, and there are effective treatment options. Click here to find local support or get help now.