This forgotten side of pregnancy can be lonely and miserable
- By: Anne Hardiman, Jennifer Davies
Imagine that you’re 33 weeks into your first pregnancy. It’s going well, the baby’s growing and is healthy, and you’re in a loving relationship with the father. You’re excited about starting a family and can’t wait to meet your new little one.
Now imagine that you’re 33 weeks into your first pregnancy, and everyone around you is excited and happy for you, after all, pregnancy is a time when you should be blooming. But you’re feeling alone, isolated, terrified, and anxious. You feel guilty for feeling like this so you hide it, thinking that no one will understand. You have antenatal depression, and you’re not alone.
Often overshadowed by postnatal depression, antenatal depression is in fact more common. Postnatal depression can be devastating, and it can wreck the lives of new mums, but little attention is given to expectant mums who may be feeling depressed before the baby arrives. The