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Are You Suffering Perinatal Depression?


Problems Associated with Perinatal Depression

Depression during pregnancy can result in:

  • Conflict with your partner
  • Early delivery
  • Lower baby birth weight

Postpartum depression can have a negative impact on:

  • Marital relationships
  • Child’s temperament
  • Child’s cognitive development
  • Mother-child bonding

Are You Suffering from Perinatal Depression*? 

If you think you or someone close to you may be suffering from depression during or after pregnancy here are some common symptoms of to consider:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most activities
  • Isolating yourself
  • Sad feelings
  • Frequent crying, (even about little things)
  • Feeling overwhelmed, or anxious
  • Being irritable or cranky
  • Trouble sleeping (even when tired) or sleeping too much
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering things
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Diminished self-care (e.g., dressing, bathing, fixing hair)
  • Loss of interest in food, or overeating
  • Not feeling up to doing everyday tasks
  • Showing too much (or not enough) concern for your baby

If you have 3 or more of these symptoms, it is important to know that you are not alone and that you can get help. Perinatal and Postpartum Depression need to be treated.

Benefits of Treating Perinatal and Postpartum Depression

  • Happier mom means happier baby
  • Greater bonding with your newborn
  • Better physical health
  • Improved communication
  • Restored relationship intimacy


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*Adapted from:

1 Source: Cox, J.L., Holden, J.M., and Sagovsky, R. 1987. Detection of postnatal depression: Development of the 10-item

2 Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. British Journal of Psychiatry 150:782-786.

3 Source: K. L. Wisner, B. L. Parry, C. M. Piontek, Postpartum Depression N Engl J Med vol. 347, No 3, July 18, 2002, 194-199