Perinatal depression involves emotional and biological factors that affect moms-to be. Such women develop a mood disorder associated with pregnancy. It may cause depression and anxiety.


  • Low energy
  • Increased anxiety
  • Appetite changes
  • Frequent urination causing sleeping issues
  • Frequent crying
  • Poor fetal connection


Perinatal depression is treated similar to other depression forms. For example;

Therapy and other treatments

Talk therapy has evidently been effective in easing perinatal depression in women. Acupuncture, a type of massage, where a professional focuses on inserting needles on specific body parts also proved to work well for 63% of women in a certain study.


The doctor may guide on the use of antidepressants before, during, or after childbirth. The drugs are safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.

Potential prevention tips

  • Creating awareness about maternal depression impacts and steps to curb them.
  • Screening women regularly and following up to know their welfare.
  • Focused interventions, including enhancing parenting in early childhood projects, including home visitation.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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