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Pregnancy-Related Depression

Pregnancy-related depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth, including after a pregnancy loss.

 

In Colorado, nearly one in every nine women who give birth will experience signs and symptoms of depression. This makes depression the most common complication of pregnancy.

 

You may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression if you have symptoms that persist for more than a few weeks after birth. It can develop at anytime up to one year after birth. Beyond feelings of depression, a woman may also have feelings of anxiety, panic, or obsessive-compulsive thinking. Depression can disrupt your ability to care for your infant and yourself.

 

If you think you may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression, tell someone how you feel. A close friend, family member or your health care provider can help you find the support you need. You will feel better if you receive treatment. You are not alone!

 

Are You At Risk?

Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Test to find out if you have symptoms of Pregnancy-Related Depression.

Nationwide Initiatives on Pregnancy-Related Depression

 

Other Resources

Screening for pregnancy-related depression is important both during and after pregnancy. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a recommended screening tool because it was developed and validated specifically for women during the postpartum period.

 
Pregnancy-related Depression Webinar presented by Katherine Stone, Founder of Postpartum Progress
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