Identifying common symptoms of Antenatal Anxiety and depression:

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• Panic attacks (a racing heart, palpitations, shortness of breath, shaking or feeling physically ‘detached’ from your surroundings)⠀
• Persistent, generalized worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of the baby⠀
• The development of obsessive or compulsive behaviors ⠀
• Abrupt mood swings⠀
• Feeling constantly sad, low, or crying for no obvious reason⠀
• Being nervous, ‘on edge’, or panicky⠀
• Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy⠀
• Having little or no interest in all the normal things that bring joy (like time with friends, exercise, eating, or sharing partner time)⠀
• Sleeping too much or not sleeping very well at all⠀
• Losing interest in intimacy⠀
• Withdrawing from friends and family⠀
• Being easily annoyed or irritated⠀
• Finding it difficult to focus, concentrate or remember (people with depression often describe this as a ‘brain fog’)

Share your feelings with your partner, friends and care providers.

Ebony Brown