Getting help for depression and anxiety in pregnancy

If you feel depressed or anxious when you’re pregnant, it may make it harder for you to take care of your health.

You might avoid prenatal medical care, and you may not sleep or eat well because of how you are feeling.

Getting help for depression and anxiety is important for both your health and your baby's health.

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Treatment for depression and anxiety

Treatment for depression and anxiety during pregnancy offers protection for your mental health after the birth of your baby.

If you are treated early, you can:

Treatment options

If you are depressed or anxious, you may need counselling or medication, or both.

If counselling doesn’t help, your health care provider may prescribe medication that’s safe for your baby. The latest research shows there are types of antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication that are safe to use during pregnancy. 

Getting medical help is the most important thing you can do for your recovery.

Your partner, family or friends can help to support you as well.  Some ways they can assist you and show you they care can include:

Talking to your health care provider

Sometimes it is hard to know if you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, or if you’re feeling the symptoms of pregnancy. The symptoms can be similar and confusing. 

Talk to your health care provider about how you are feeling. You might have to talk about your feelings several times. Make sure to talk about:

Find a list of the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Tell your health care provider everything about:

Especially if your thoughts and actions scare you, share them with your health care provider.

If your health care provider is not around, go to the closest emergency medical centre to talk to someone.

If you’re going through a crisis or thinking about suicide

It's important to get help if you or someone you know is going through a crisis or thinking about suicide. You're not alone.

Here are some resources available to you:

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