Millenials are more likely to feel anxious or depressed during pregnancy

A recent study suggests that women today are more likely to become anxious or depressed in pregnancy than their mums or grandmothers were.

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Pregnancy news, 16/07/2018

The University of Bristol found that the number of young women who show signs of depression or anxiety during pregnancy has risen by 51% in a generation.

Dr Rebecca Pearson, a lecturer at Bristol’s medical school, suspects there could be a few reasons for this steep increase. She thinks some of these things include:

  • more pressure on women to juggle work and family life
  • greater access to social media
  • less support
  • money worries.

“The rise in the female work force puts pressures on young women to juggle families and careers, social media and the internet , which can increase social comparisons and information overload, financial pressures, especially house prices and the need for joint incomes to afford life in the UK, and less family and community support and increased pressures on intimate partner relationships.” Dr Rebecca Pearson

The research suggested that women showing symptoms of depression and anxiety were more likely to be feeling stressed or overwhelmed by everyday life, as opposed to feeling down.

Advice from Tommy’s

It’s normal to be worried or get stressed sometimes when you’re pregnant. But if these feelings don’t go away it’s really important to talk to a midwife or doctor about it. Try to remember that your mental wellbeing in pregnancy is just as important as your physical health.

Try our Wellbeing Plan to help you put your feelings into words and start the conversation.

Listen to Tommy’s midwife Jo talking about antenatal depression

“Depression and anxiety in pregnancy can be so isolating, but your midwife is there for you.” Jo, Tommy's midwife

Mental health during pregnancy

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