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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are linked
to mood and anxiety symptoms that occur during
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
During pregnancy it is natural for women to experience
changes in their feelings and mood. This includes
feeling more tired, irritable or worried. While mild
mood changes during pregnancy are common, mood
symptoms can sometimes become severe enough to
require treatment by a healthcare provider. If feelings
of depression or anxiety persist for a few weeks or
interfere with daily activities, it is time to ask for help.
Depression and anxiety during pregnancy can worsen
and continue into the postpartum period.
Symptoms of Depression During
• Feeling sad, depressed and/or crying alot.
• Diminished interest in wanting to be a mother.
• Feeling worthless or guilty.
• Thoughts of harming yourself.
• Having low to no energy.
• Sleep problems – either not being able to sleep or sleeping more than usual.
• Increase or decrease in appetite or weight.
• Trouble focusing, remembering things or making decisions.
• Feeling restless or irritable.
• Having headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations, numbness, or hyperventilation.
• Strong anxiety, tension and/or fear either about the baby or that you will not be a good mother.
Sexual Changes
Your mood shifts come and go with other emotional changes, including your
feelings about sex. Desire for sex may rise or fall significantly during pregnancy.
If you lose interest in sex, do not worry. It happens to a lot of women and does
not usually last long. Be sure to discuss your feelings with your partner and
have him read this booklet with you. Remember, pregnancy is a natural process
and a woman’s body is designed to handle it with a minimum amount of stress.
Your mind is changing, too, right along with the fluctuation of your hormones.
Pregnancy can be
a time filled with joy
and happiness!
Mood swings are very
common in pregnancy
Partners, be patient!