Depression During Pregnancy & Postpartum​

Depression During Pregnancy & Postpartum​

Depression during and after pregnancy happens more often than most people realize. Depression after pregnancy (called postpartum depression or PPD) is experienced by approximately 15% of women following childbirth. The percentages are even higher for women who are also experiencing poverty, and can be twice as high for teen parents. 10% of women experience depression during pregnancy—in fact, perinatal depression is the most common complication of childbirth.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms can start anytime during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. They differ for everyone, and might include the following:

• Irritability or anger
• Loss of appetite and sleep disturbance
• Lack of interest in the baby
• Crying and sadness
• Feelings of shame, guilt, or sense of hopelessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in things once enjoyed
• Possible thoughts of harming the baby or oneself

Risk Factors

• Personal/Family History of PPD
• Depression or Anxiety
• IVF/Infertility Treatments 
• Complicated pregnancy
• Breastfeeding complications
• Birth complications for mother or baby
• Major life event
• Inadequate support system or community
• Inadequate childcare
• Marital issues
• Financial issues
• Mothers of multiples

​​Postpartum depression and depression during pregnancy are temporary and treatable with professional help. Mothers who feel they may be suffering from depression are advised to visit the Hevlei Kesher resource directory  to find assistance.​