I have antenatal depression. Will I get postnatal depression?

If you have antenatal (pregnancy) depression, your chances of experiencing postnatal depression are increased but it doesn’t mean you will definitely continue to be depressed after birth.

The best thing is to talk to your midwife or doctor about your antenatal depression and see what is available to support you both before and after you have your baby. It may be helpful to take a look at the Wellbeing Plan with your midwife or health visitor and talk through what extra support might be helpful to you during and after pregnancy.

You, your partner and your family should read about the symptoms of postnatal depression so that if you do become unwell after you’ve given birth, you can get help quickly.

The good news is that postnatal depression can be treated so recognising the symptoms early and getting help is key.

Other resources

Sources

  1. NICE (2014) Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical and service management guidance, clinical guideline 192, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  London, P 4: Available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg192
  2. NICE (2014) Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical and service management guidance, clinical guideline 192, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  London, P 4: Available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg192
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Last reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.

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