A poll conducted by the Royal College of Midwives in the United Kingdom finds that moms with depression in pregnancy, or antenatal depression, have very little information about the illness and are unlikely to seek help.
According to the BBC, the poll of 260 mothers found:
- Only 22% of the moms with depression in pregnancy sought help from their doctor.
- More than a third of them had suicidal thoughts.
- 80% of them went on to have postpartum depression, or postnatal depression as it’s called in the UK.
- Only 27% were asked about their emotions during pregnancy.
- Only about a third were ever told that depression in pregnancy exists and what signs to be aware of.