Common signs of depression are:
- you feel generally down most of the time for more than two weeks
- you can’t be bothered with things
- you can’t concentrate or make decisions
- you don’t enjoy life
- you’re tired and don’t have any energy
- you can’t get to sleep and then you wake up early
- you feel tearful
- you feel irritable and don’t want to be with other people
- you feel restless and agitated
- you lose your self-confidence
- you feel worthless
- you feel guilty
- you lose your appetite
- you lose interest in sex
- you think about suicide.
Remember that some of these signs, such as feeling tired and having no energy, are also things that are normal when you’re pregnant or have a young baby. You probably won’t have all of these symptoms, but if you have five or more you may be experiencing depression. Talking to your midwife or GP about how you feel can be helpful in itself. It also allows them to support your emotional health, including getting extra help and treatment if needed.
Some mums expect, or perhaps feel pressured, to feel excited and happy throughout their pregnancy. But unfortunately this isn't always the case.
Although it’s normal to have periods of worry and stress when you’re pregnant, some women have feelings that don’t go away and this can be a sign of something more serious.
Further help and information on mental health in pregnancy
Mark and I have two girls. We also had a son, Alexander, but he was stillborn at 36 weeks.
People were just completely bemused if I said, ‘I don’t really like being pregnant.’
I always say, ‘If your feelings are not normal for you, come and talk to us.’
ℹLast reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.