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What factors increase the risk of mental health problems during pregnancy?

Anyone can experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. Usually there is no one cause, but a range of contributing factors: having a history of mental health problems prior to pregnancy; having a family history of mental health problems; problems with alcohol and drug use; a history of physical, psychological or sexual abuse; an unwanted or unexpected pregnancy; a lack of practical and emotional support, or serious relationship difficulties; recent major life-events that have caused stress, such as losing a job, or the death of a family member or close friend; other medical conditions including severe morning sickness; a general tendency to be anxious and worry; a tendency to be a perfectionist or self-critical; multiple pregnancy (twins or triplets), and; teen 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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Category: Bipolar disorder

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