Antenatal anxiety and depression appears differently for each expecting parent. Some of the common symptoms can be:
- Panic attacks.
- Persistent, generalised worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of the baby.
- The development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours.
- Abrupt mood swings.
- Feeling constantly sad, low, or crying for no obvious reason.
- Being nervous, ‘on edge’, or panicky.
- Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy.
- Having little or no interest in all the normal things that bring joy.
- Sleeping too much or not sleeping very well at all.
- Losing interest in intimacy.
- Withdrawing from friends and family.
- Being easily annoyed or irritated.
- Finding it difficult to focus, concentrate or remember.
- Engaging in risk-taking behaviour.
- Having thoughts of death or suicide, or self-harm.
If you're experiencing symptoms that affect your day-to-day life and/or there's anything you're worried about, we recommend you seek support. For immediate help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 and always call 000 in an emergency.