Symptoms

Symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety in pregnancy can be very subjective and vary from person to person; everyone is different.  Please speak to your doctor or midwife if you recognise the symptoms below.

* Tired but unable to sleep (for example, due to mind over-active/worrying)
* No appetite or alternatively over/comfort eating
* Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)
* Crying more than is usually experienced or expected in pregnancy
* Feeling isolated & lonely
* Chronic anxiety and stress
* Irritability and irrational behaviour/thoughts and/or paranoia
* Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive behaviour (e.g. repeatedly washing hands or picking scabs)
* Lack of interest in anything or a preoccupation with the pregnancy

What causes ante-natal depression?

The exact causes of ante-natal depression are hard to define – different factors could cause depression during pregnancy. These could be:
* a chemical or hormonal imbalance greater than usually experienced during pregnancy
* already suffering from depression or worrying about work, money or a relationship
* fallen pregnant unexpectedly, the pregnancy may be unplanned or unwanted
* an overwhelming fear of losing the baby, perhaps due to a previous miscarriage or stillbirth
* feeling out of control of your body, e.g. gaining weight

For the purposes of this website the terms stress, depression and anxiety are sometimes used interchangeably and this page should not be used to form a diagnosis.  The information provided through these pages is open to individual interpretation and is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare team. Please speak to your doctor or midwife before deciding upon any form of action which may affect your health or if you have any concerns about your health and wellbeing.