Recognizing depression and anxiety in pregnancy

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize what you’re struggling with when you’re in the middle of it. Or maybe you’re not sure if what you’re feeling is a regular part of pregnancy.

Or sometimes we don’t recognize what we’re going through because on the outside it looks like we’re coping.

If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, getting enough sleep, exercise, and eating well isn’t going to be enough help.

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Depression is a mental illness that affects the way you feel and the way you:

Depression is more than having a bad day or feeling blue. Depression can last a long time if it isn’t treated.


An anxiety disorder causes unexpected and unhelpful feelings of nervousness or worry that can seriously affect how you:

Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety

Talk to your health care provider if you have any of these signs or symptoms:


Thinking and worrying




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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