Recently, more and more women have opened up about their experiences with postpartum depression. Hearing that other women are dealing with the condition can undoubtedly help struggling new mamas feel less alone. Unfortunately, depression during pregnancy, or prenatal depression, often isn't talked about with as much candor. You might even have prenatal depression and not recognize it because it manifests as one of the many things you didn't realize are signs of prenatal depression.
According to Slate, medical professionals didn't believe that prenatal depression was possible for quite some time. They thought that your pregnancy hormones would prevent it. But depression during pregnancy is relatively prevalent. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Psychiatric Association published a joint report in 2009 that found that between 14 and 23 percent of pregnant women will experience symptoms of depression. Although not all of those experiences result in an actual diagnosis of prenatal depression, you're far from alone if you're one of those pregnant women experiencing symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your doctor about your concerns. Also, it can't hurt to periodically check in with your pregnant friends or family members. No one should have to feel like they're all alone. It takes a village, right?