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Pregnancy Blues

When pregnancy is not what you expect

Pregnancy is often seen as a time of joy and excitement, but this is not true for everyone. Seeking help in your pregnancy may lower your chance of postpartum depression and anxiety.

 

Pregnancy can lead to concerns about your health or affect your relationship with your partner which sometimes can be hard.

Good physical care, emotional support, learning about pregnancy and prenatal care with your healthcare professional is often very helpful.

If these concerns don’t go away, talk to your partner, healthcare professional

or someone you trust about your feelings.

Prenatal Depression and Anxiety Disorders are common

  • Up to 10% of women experience depression during pregnancy.
  • Up to 15% of women experience an anxiety during pregnancy.
  • Up to 13% of partners may experience depression during the pregnancy.
  • Early interventions can help you feel better during pregnancy.

You are not alone. There is help.

What you can do?

  • Rest during the day when feel tired.
  • Get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Eat healthy food several times a day.
  • Go for a walk 3-4 times a week.
  • Accept help from family and friends.
  • Let someone you trust take care of the baby once in a while.
  • Take time for yourself.
  • Limit the time you spend with people who make you feel anxious or sad.
  • Reach out to your healthcare professional to talk about what help and treatment options are available
 

Don't Wait, Get Help

Reach Out (24/7 Crisis Service)
Call or Webchat
1-866-933-2023

Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre (24/7 Walk-in Service)
648 Huron Street, London (at Adelaide)

Support Line (24/7 Therapeutic Listening)
1-844-360-8055

Health Connection (Speak to a Public Health Nurse)
519-663-5317 Ext. 2280

Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre / Mother Reach Support Group
519-434-6848
1064 Colborne St (at Huron)

Family Services Thames Valley / Quick Access Mental Health Walk-in Clinic 

519-433-0183

INsite Clinic-Your network for mental health and well-being/Family Centre White Oaks

519-433-0183, ext. 8111 or email ATapia@familyservicethamesvalley.com

Talk-in Clinics London and Middlesex

 

You may...

  • Feel sad or numb
  • Be tearful or cry a lot
  • Feel exhausted, but not able to sleep
  • Have changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Feel overwhelmed and can’t concentrate
  • Feel anxious or can’t stop worrying 
  • Seek constant reassurance from others or the internet
  • Have no interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feel hopeless or worthless
  • Feel restless, irritable or angry
  • Feel guilty and ashamed
  • Avoid spending time with family and friends
  • Have thoughts of hurting yourself or others

If your symptoms continue or get worse, speak to your healthcare professional. 

 
Date of creation: December 1, 2017
Last modified on: January 9, 2018
 
 

References

1BC Reproductive Mental Health Program. (2014). Best practice guidelines for mental health disorders in the perinatal period. Retrieved from
http://www.perinatalservicesbc.ca/Documents/Guidelines-Standards/Maternal/MentalHealthDisordersGuideline.pdf
2Canadian Pediatric Society. (2017, March). Depression in pregnant women and mothers: How it affects you and your child. Retrieved from
https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/depression_in_pregnant_women_and_mothers
3Government of Canada. (2016, May 26). Depression during pregnancy. Retrieved from
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/pregnancy/depression-during-pregnancy.html
4Haensel, H., & Parkinson, S. (2017). Mothering the mother: Caring for mother’s mental health to optimize infant attachment and development. [PowerPoint slides].
5Haring, M., Smith, J. E., Bodnar, D., Misri, S., Little, R. M., & Ryan, D. (2013). Coping with anxiety during pregnancy and following the birth: A cognitive behavior therapy-based self-management guide for women and health care providers. Retrieved from
http://www.cw.bc.ca/library/pdf/BCRMH_AnxietyGuide_final.pdf