Up to 20% of pregnant and new moms experience depression or anxiety.
Yes, it’s that common!
No one can say for definite that having specific stresses or experiences in your life, or perhaps having certain personality traits, causes postpartum anxiety or depression but we do know that there are quite a few factors that can increase your risk.
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Other articles by Dr. Allen you may be interested in:
The Facts About Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety
The Truth About Depression During Pregnancy
Is It Postpartum Depression or Something Else?
When Your Childbirth Experience Wasn’t What You Hoped For
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Dr. Sarah Allen has 20+ years experience as a psychologist helping women transition to being the mom they want to be. She is also the Director of the Postpartum Depression Alliance of IL, a non-profit offering info and support to pregnant and postpartum moms and their families.
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If you are experiencing symptoms of either anxiety, depression or obsessional thoughts it isn’t something you have done wrong, or something that’s wrong with you and you certainly needn’t blame yourself for feeling this way. It’s just, for a variety of reasons, the childbearing years are the most likely time in a women’s life to experience a mental health issue.
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