Problems during Pregnancy

Depression while you are pregnant

Some women feel sad or depressed when they are pregnant. Maybe you felt this way before you were pregnant. Maybe this is the first time you have felt this way. You may wonder why you feel sad when others tell you that you should feel happy to be pregnant. Pregnancy is a time of change, and change can be stressful. Too much stress can make you feel depressed, worried, or unsure.

Some signs of depression include:

  • Feeling sad
  • Sleeping all day or having trouble sleeping
  • Changes in eating (eating too much or too little)
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Feeling grumpy or irritable

It is not your fault that you are depressed. With help, you can feel better. Talk to your provider to learn more about treatment.

Problems at Home

In some families, people hurt each other by hitting or using mean or hurtful words. Does this happen in your family? Being pregnant can make the hurting worse. Here are some ways to get help for yourself and your children: