Some women are more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy. These factors may increase your risk of depression during and after pregnancy:

  • A personal history of depression or another mental illness
  • A family history of depression or another mental illness
  • A lack of support from family and friends
  • Anxiety or negative feelings about the pregnancy
  • Problems with a previous pregnancy or birth
  • Marriage or money problems
  • Stressful life events
  • Young age
  • Substance abuse

Women who are depressed during pregnancy have a greater risk of depression after giving birth.

If you take medicine for depression, stopping your medicine when you become pregnant can cause your depression to come back. Do not stop any prescribed medicines without first talking to your doctor. Not using medicine that you need may be harmful to you or your baby.

If you feel sad, more tired than you think you should be, or if you feel very nervous or distraught, and if these feelings are not going away or if these feelings are getting worse talk to your health care provider.

Postpartum depression is treatable. Prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby.

Find HELP — 866-472-1897 — The Warm Line


This information is provided by the Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.