Taking care of your mental health during and after pregnancy
If you are pregnant or have a newborn and have feelings of depression or anxiety, it's important to remember that you are not alone. In fact, one in every 7 women may experience perinatal depression, which is depression that happens during pregnancy or for up to one year after childbirth.* There's no shame in admitting you're having a tough time. The same way pregnancy affects your body, it can also affect your mental health. Getting help will make life better for you – and your baby.
We are here for you. You can talk to someone on our Nurse Line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-711-5952 (TTY 711).
You can also reach out to your doctor or other health care providers, and ask friends and family for support. There are also many online resources to help you.
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately.
Online resources for maternal mental health
- Harvard Mental Health Task Force
- Mental Health America
- Office on Women's Health
- National Institute of Mental Health
* Source: https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2020/01/17/perinatal-depression-affects-one-in-seven-women-including-me/