The signs and symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression can vary, so it’s important to know what to look out for.
Symptoms may include:
- Feeling sad, low, or crying for no obvious reason.
- Persistent, generalised worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of the baby.
- Being nervous, ‘on edge’, or panicky.
- Being easily annoyed or irritated.
- Withdrawing from friends and family.
- Sleeping too much or not sleeping well at all.
- Abrupt mood swings.
- Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy.
- Having little or no interest in the things that normally bring you joy (time with friends or family, exercise, eating).
- Fear of being alone or with others.
- Finding it difficult to focus, concentrate or remember (‘brain fog’).
- Increased alcohol or drug use.
- Panic attacks (racing heart, palpitations, shortness of breath, shaking or feeling physically ‘detached’ from your surroundings).
- Developing obsessive or compulsive behaviours.
- Thoughts of death, suicide or harming baby.
If you or someone close to you has experienced symptoms for two weeks or more, please seek support.