Pregnancy can be a stressful time, and it’s normal for pregnant women to feel heightened emotions over a wide range of things. Whether it’s an advert on TV making you cry, something messy making you excessively angry, or feeling guilty for some reason, emotions come as part of the pregnancy package. While pregnancy hormones do have a lot to answer for, it wasn’t long ago that prenatal depression and anxiety weren’t recognised and every little thing experienced during pregnancy was ‘just down to your hormones’.
Nowadays, we are lucky to be much better informed. The causes of prenatal depression or anxiety are enormously varied, and where there are overlaps in stressors, a pregnant woman’s emotional health is recognised as more vulnerable.
If you suspect that you have prenatal anxiety or depression, please visit www.pandasfoundation.org.uk for more information on this condition.
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