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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 …
What are the symptoms of mental health problems in pregnancy?
The physical and hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy can make it difficult to recognise signs and symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Some symptoms that may be experienced include: anger and irritability; low mood, …
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 …
What is prenatal depression?
Prenatal depression is depression experienced during pregnancy. It is also known as antenatal depression.
What are the baby blues?
The 'baby blues' is a term for symptoms that can occur in many women in the week after birth. They can include rapid changes in mood, crying, anxiety and sleep problems. The exact cause of the baby blues is not clear, but they are thought to be linked to rapid …
What is postnatal depression?
Postpartum or postnatal depression can also occur after birth, but involves symptoms of depression that are more severe and can last much longer than the baby blues. The symptoms of postnatal depression are similar to those during pregnancy and: can be serious …
What is postnatal psychosis?
Sometimes also known as puerperal psychosis or postpartum psychosis, this is a rare mental health condition that usually develops within a couple of weeks of childbirth, although it can occur up to 12 weeks after childbirth. Sometimes early symptoms may occur …
Is pregnancy-related depression serious?
Prenatal and postnatal depression can be very serious. In some cases they may increase the risk of self-harm or suicide and, after the baby is born, harm to the baby.
About this article
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