Prenatal Depression & Anxiety

Prenatal Depression and AnxietyExperiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy is one of the greatest predictors of postpartum depression.

Women who have experienced a loss (for example, death of a parent or previous pregnancy loss), a sudden change in circumstances (move to a new town, change in job or financial status), or who have a hospitalized newborn are especially vulnerable.

Women who feel ambivalent about their pregnancy or the prospect of motherhood might also experience symptoms. Our culture has such idealistic ideas about mothers and motherhood that women may be hesitant to admit to these feelings out loud.


  • Excessive worry
  • Panic attacks
  • Sense of dread
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Crying
  • Lethargy, or low energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness or despair
  • Sleep disturbance (insomnia or sleeping too much)
  • Eating disturbances (especially loss of appetite)
Short-term counseling often relieves these symptoms and brings clarity and peace of mind. I can also help you to create a postpartum depression prevention plan.


Postpartum Planning Guide