Growing research now suggests that, for some women, postpartum depression (PPD) may put down its roots in pregnancy, as early as the first two weeks of gestation. And figures show that depression during pregnancy (or ‘anteparum depression’) is as common as depression after pregnancy – affecting about 1 in 10 pregnant women. So much for happy hormones: “There’s a myth of pregnancy as a time of protection, and we’ve learned that it’s actually a period of increased vulnerability to depression”, explains Dr. Shaila Misri, a reproductive psychiatrist in Vancouver and author of Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression During Pregnancy (Delta, September, 2006). Dealing with depression in pregnancy is critical, since women suffering with it may neglect prenatal care and have a 50 percent higher risk of developing postpartum depression.
Not very different from PPD, symptoms can include: