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!

Colorado services and treatment options

Peer support