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Our focus this year - Antenatal Depression and the Cost-of-Living Crisis

12% of women, experience antenatal or prenatal depression – This

Is depression that occurs during pregnancy.

Many women don’t open up about their depression in pregnancy because they’re embarrassed or worried about what people will think.

Depression is the most prevalent mental disorder in pregnancy, and yet it is less studied than postpartum depression despite the consequences it may have on both the pregnant woman and her offspring.

The United Kingdom is experiencing the worst cost of living crisis in a generation. High inflation is outstripping wage and benefit increases which means that people across the UK are seeing a fall in their disposable income. Families across the UK face having to choose between heating and eating since both food and fuel prices have tripled in a year. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), some essential items have gone up in price by as much as 65%.

Pregnant women experiencing antenatal depression are more vulnerable during this period. The cost-of-living crisis exacerbates an already stressful, uncertain, and precarious existence. Many low-income women are navigating pregnancy and new motherhood in deep poverty; in substandard, temporary housing and are at increased risk of isolation.

We want to bring awareness to these issues.



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