Pregnancy depression is on the rise according to a recent new survey. It is reported there has been a 50% rise in levels of prenatal depression in a single generation. A contributing factor is thought to be added work pressure that comes from couples living as two income families. Women can’t afford not to work because household expenditure has been geared around two earners. Many are working well into the final trimester and returning to work sooner. This is leading to a rise in anxiety levels amongst expectant mothers.
Another factor adding to anxiety levels is social media and Facebook. Many women falling pregnant now are first generation Facebook users, early social media adopters during their adolescence. Many couple announce their pregnancy news on Facebook with a three month picture scan. Waiting for ‘likes’ and comments of congratulations is thought to add further pressure, as is the need to create a social media impression that everything is going well when the mother-to-be is actually coping less well.
The study was carried out at the University of Bristol. They questioned pregnant women aged 19 to 24 between 1990 and 1992 and then again between 2012 and 2016. 25% of pregnant women aged 19 – 24 has depressive symptom scores in the research carried out between 2012 and 2016. This compared to 17% in the 1990 – 1992 study.
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There is more information about pregnancy-related depression on this website. If you are struggling with symptoms of depression in pregnancy, contact me. I’m experienced in counselling both prenatal and postnatal women. I myself struggled particularly with postnatal depression. I know better than most that you don’t need to feel alone at this time.