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Depression in pregnancy ‘risk to future mental health’

on November 15, 2012

Depression in pregnancy ‘risk to future mental health’

Pregnant womanDepression can happen during pregnancy too
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More than a third of women who become depressed during their pregnancy have suicidal thoughts, suggests a snapshot survey carried out by the Royal College of Midwives and Netmums.

The poll of 260 mothers with antenatal depression found they were at greater risk of worsening mental health problems than women with postnatal depression.

Only 22% sought help from their GP.

Experts say women with the condition need more support.

The Department of Health has announced that £25m will be made available to improve maternity facilities for mothers and babies, and an NHS information service for parents is to include videos on how to spot signs of postnatal depression.

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If we can identify women as early as possible then we could prevent them declining into much more serious mental health problems”

Cathy WarwickRoyal College of Midwives

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