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Identifying common symptoms of Antenatal Anxiety and depression:

• Panic attacks (a racing heart, palpitations, shortness of breath, shaking or feeling physically ‘detached’ from your surroundings)⠀

• Persistent, generalized worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of the baby⠀

• The development of obsessive or compulsive behaviors ⠀

• 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 (like time with friends, exercise, eating, or sharing partner time)⠀

• 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 (people with depression often describe this as a ‘brain fog’)

Share your feelings with your partner, friends and care providers.

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