What is antenatal, postnatal, and perinatal depression?
Unfortunately, women are at a higher risk of depression during pregnancy and in the year following childbirth. Depression during pregnancy is typically referred to antenatal depression and depression after childbirth is referred to as postnatal. Pernital depression typically describes the period covering pregnancy and the first year after childbirth. After a woman goes through pregnancy, there can be major hormonal changes, which is referred to as 'baby blues' - this affects up to 80% of women. The 'baby blues' are very common in women and are different than depression. Depression affects about 10% of women during pregnancy and 16% of women in the first three months after childbirth.