Maternal Anxiety & Depression Facts

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  • Maternal mental health experts consider birth through the first two years to be the “postpartum” period. 
  • Depression is the number one complication of childbirth
  • At least 60% of moms with Postpartum Depression had symptoms that began during pregnancy.
  • Anxiety, irritability, agitation, insomnia, anger and constant worry are often more common in PPD (Postpartum Depression) than sadness and feelings of depression.
  • Oftentimes, PPD is part of a trauma reaction called Birth Trauma Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Around 25% of all moms will develop some symptoms of PTSD after childbirth.
  • All the signs and symptoms of maternal anxiety and mood disorders can also be experienced by women who experience a miscarriage or infant loss, deal with infertility, adoption or termination.
  • At least 10% of fathers will develop PPD.
  • Fathers are at a higher risk if their partner also suffers from depression/anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum.