Mental health & pregnancy

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About 15 per cent of women will have depression or anxiety during pregnancy and an even larger number in the postnatal period.

Many women suffer unnecessarily and for a long time with mental illness because they feel a sense of shame, guilt and even embarrassment because they have “allowed themselves to be depressed” at a time when they are supposed be joyful. But of course, depression is not something you have control over especially during this vulnerable time.

An untreated mental illness can have longterm health and wellbeing impacts for you and your baby so it is important to get the right treatment. There are a number of safe and effective treatment options for depression during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. If you feel that you may have symptoms, visit your GP. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be referred to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist.


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