Perinatal depression (depression during and after pregnancy), affects your mind, body, thinking, emotions, behaviours and habits. It can affect all aspects of your life, including how you feel about yourself, how you interact with others, and your personal relationships. It can also affect your emotional attachment to your baby and your baby’s healthy development. Use this section of the website to help you understand depression during and after pregnancy.
Perinatal depression can occur from the time that you are pregnant until one year after having your baby. Learn about what perinatal depression is.
About 10 to 15% of women experience depression during pregnancy. Depression during pregnancy can have an impact on your health, the health of your developing baby, and your ability to care for yourself and your baby after the birth. Understand the signs of prenatal depression and anxiety, and what you can do to get help.
Postpartum depression may happen after birth or adoption. It can also affect women who have a miscarriage or stillbirth. Learn about the signs of postpartum depression and anxiety, and what you can do to get help.