Depression during and after pregnancy can be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the
dumps. Most people, pregnant or not, feel this way at one time or another. However, true clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere, over an extended period, with your everyday
can be mild, moderate, or severe.
Depression is one of the most common problems associated with pregnancy. Depression during pregnancy, called perinatal depression, is frequently not recognized or treated
because pregnancy itself causes changes like fatigue, problems sleeping, stronger emotional reactions, and changes in body weight and these problems are typically seen as normal accompaniments to pregnancy. However,
what appears to be normal symptoms can also be signs of a true clinical depression.
Depression that occurs only after pregnancy is called postpartum depression. A birth mother should not just "endure" either perinatal depression or postpartum depression. You should consult with your health care
professional so that they can help you with your depression.
For additional information visit the link Depression During and After Pregnancy on our adoption agency website.