Pregnancy-related depression

Pregnancy-related depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth, including after a pregnancy loss.In Colorado, nearly 1 in 9 women who give birth will experience signs and symptoms of depression. This makes depression the most common complication of pregnancy.

Pregnancy-related depression and anxiety public awareness campaign

Find out if you're at risk

Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Test to find out if you have symptoms of pregnancy-related depression.

Signs and symptoms

  • You may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression if you have symptoms that persist for more than a few weeks after birth.

    • It can develop at any time up to one year after birth.

    • Beyond feelings of depression, you may also have feelings of anxiety or panic, or obsessive-compulsive thinking.

    • Depression can disrupt your ability to care for your infant and yourself.

  • If you think you may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression, tell someone how you feel.

  • A close friend, family member or your health care provider can help you find the support you need.

  • You’ll feel better if you receive treatment. You’re not alone!

  • If you think you may be experiencing symptoms, use the New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health to facilitate helpful conversation with professionals who can help you.

Colorado services and treatment options

Peer support