Emotional wellbeing and mental health

Antenatal Depression occurs during pregnancy and is thought to affect around 10% of women. It can be experienced at any time during pregnancy however, appears to be more apparent during the third trimester. Antenatal Depression is often overlook or misdiagnosed and signs and symptoms can be dismissed as being a “normal” part of pregnancy. There are many physical, behavioural and emotional signs and symptoms of Antenatal Depression, some more easily recognised than others.

Every woman will experience Antenatal Depression differently and not all women will experience the same symptoms. It is most often identified when the symptoms experienced are severe and when they last consistently for two weeks or more. Women who experience Antenatal Depression are at higher risk of developing Postnatal Depression, so recognising the signs and symptoms early and seeking effective advice and treatment will help reduce the chance of developing Postnatal Depression and/or the severity of it.

If you are experiencing Antenatal Depression or feel you may be at risk of developing Antenatal Depression there are a number of local and national support services available to help you.

Support Services in the ACT

For more information;

Perinatal Wellbeing Centre

COPE – Centre of Perinatal Excellence

Beyond Blue – Emotional health and wellbeing – a guide for pregnant women, new mums and other carers 

The Royal Women’s Hospital – Mental health and pregnancy