Pregnancy Sadness or Antenatal Depression - Early, Second, or Third Trimester

While postpartum or postnatal depression are more well known, pregnancy sadness, also known as ‘prenatal’ or ‘antenatal depression’ is also very common. Around 1 in 10 women will experience depression during their pregnancy. Mothers who have experienced depression before are more at risk.

Pregnancy can be a very stressful and confusing experience. Hormones can affect your emotions, it can be difficult to sleep, you may feel tired all the time or be nauseous. You may also find your life is changing as you find it harder to do things you used to do like see family and friends. You may also be worried about how your life might change when you have the baby and be feeling down about your relationship, financial or living situation. Life events can trigger depression such as going through a divorce or having a family member or friend pass away. Depression can also be more likely if your pregnancy was unplanned.

All of this can contribute to feelings of sadness and feeling low and for some women this can last for several weeks or months.

Things that might help:

  • Speak to a friend, family member or another person in your life about how you’re feeling - sharing these thoughts and talking it through with a friend can help you feel like you’re not alone.

  • Try not to feel guilty about how you’re feeling - it’s not your fault and these feelings are more common than you may think.

  • Do some light exercise every day if you can, as this can help to improve your mood, outside if possible.

  • Try not to drink alcohol or smoke as this can harm your baby and yourself, and make you feel worse.

  • Speak to your doctor or another health professional to see if they can provide any additional support or guidance.

  • You can also try sessions in the app, including around breaking negative cycles and introducing positivity and pleasure.