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.
On this page:
- Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety
- If you’re going through a crisis or thinking about suicide
- Find more help and support here
Depression is a mental illness that affects the way you feel and the way you:
- think about yourself
- relate to other people
- are in the world.
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:
- Depressed mood or extreme sadness
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Feelings of guilt or inadequacy as a mother-to-be
- Guilty thoughts or feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
Thinking and worrying
- Difficulty concentrating or disorganized thoughts
- Excessive fears, worries, obsessive thoughts
- Restlessness, lack of control or lack of energy
- Panic attacks
- Not sleeping, insomnia, or sleeping too much
- Changes in appetite (eating too much or not enough)
- Withdrawing from your partner, family, friends, co-workers
- Loss of interest in life or in things that you used to enjoy
- Thinking of suicide or harming yourself or others
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:
- Call your health care provider right away
- Find a crisis centre you can call right now any time
- Call the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 any time
Find more help and support here
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