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How are pregnancy and mental health related?

Pregnancy can be a time of great change. While it can be joyful and very exciting, it can also place extra stress on both women and men, which can lead to an increased risk of mental health problems. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can be more common during pregnancy and early parenthood. Around 9% of women are affected by depression during pregnancy.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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