Charity launches new antenatal depression campaign

Baby charity Tommy's has launched a new campaign this month to raise awareness of antenatal depression and anxiety which is believed to affect 1 in 10 pregnant women.

With around 10 to 15 per cent of pregnant women sufffering mental health problems, the charity says data suggests that disorders in pregnancy may not be diganosed until the postnatal period, or even at all.

To support its campaign Tommy's has produced an emotive video, Talk to somone, encouraging women to ask for help. It follows the story of a pregnant woman who exemplifies real-life experiences of anxiety and depression felt by many women during pregnancy and early motherhood.

The charity is calling for mental health to be treated on parity with physical health in pregnancy and is urging women to seek help if they feel upset more than they feel happy.

Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy's, said: "Depression and anxiety are very common in pregnancy, but they can be very serious too. Women with antenatal depression and anxiety who aren't supported properly may go on to develop postnatal depression, and both these conditions can have consequences for them and their baby."

Tommy's has developed information for women around mental health in pregnancy, including advice on when you should look for help. Visit www.tommys.org/mentalhealth