Depression during and after pregnancy occur more often than most people realize. Depression during pregnancy is also called antepartum or prenatal depression, and depression after pregnancy is called postpartum depression. Approximately 15% of women experience significant depression following childbirth. The percentages are even higher for women who are also dealing with poverty, and can be twice as high for teen parents. Ten percent of women experience depression in pregnancy. In fact, perinatal depression is the most common complication of childbirth.
Symptoms can start anytime during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. They differ for everyone, and might include the following:
*Feelings of anger or irritability *Lack of interest in the baby *Appetite and sleep disturbance *Crying and sadness *Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness *Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy *Possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself