Therapy for pregnant women in Atlanta, Georgia

It is normal to feel sad during pregnancy. You are growing a baby and that can be hard sometimes. It's possible for the sadness to last the whole time, but it should get better over time.

If the sadness is bad enough that you're not interested in doing things you normally like, if it feels like everything is pointless, or if you feel suicidal then this might be more than just normal pregnancy sadness.

These are signs of perinatal mental health disorders and a professional should be contacted immediately.

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According to the American Psychiatric Association, it is estimated that about 12% of pregnant women will experience some symptoms of depression at some point during their pregnancy — up from just under 10% before they became pregnant.

What are symptoms of depression during pregnancy?

  • Frequent feelings of sadness and emptiness
  • Frequent crying
  • Loss of energy nearly all day
  • Disturbances in sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased irritability or anger
  • Increase in negative thoughts of guilt or shame
  • Loss of interest in activities you enjoy
  • Isolation from others
  • Thoughts of harming yourself