Perinatal Mental Health
About 1 in 7 women experiences depression during or after pregnancy. Anxiety and other mood disorders are also common during this time. These can include but are not limited to obsessive compulsive disorder, substance misuse, psychosis, and thoughts of suicide.
Screening for these issues is not always part of routine care, so make sure you share any concerns with your health care provider so they can connect you with the right treatment.
Postpartum depression is a type of severe depression that can happen after the baby is born. It usually starts in the first few weeks after birth but can start during pregnancy or up to a year after birth. It can happen to new fathers, too. Due to hormonal changes, symptoms may also occur or worsen during weaning.
Help is available.
Call your provider if you have symptoms or concerns. They can connect you with supports in your community or online, such as counseling, and prescribe medication if necessary.