Colorado mom speaks out about pregnancy-related depression & anxiety

Posted at 6:40 AM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 20:24:26-04

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — For most couples, having a baby is one of the happiest moments of their lives. However, underneath the excitement and anticipation can lie anxiety and depression.

Pregnancy-related or postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety are the long term versions of the feelings known as the "baby blues." Postpartum Support International (PSI) said the condition impacts one in seven women, making it the most common complication of pregnancy. The organization shared women are most frequently affected, but it can also impact fathers, partners and close family members.

Louisville couple Will and Kristina Newman are sharing their experience with Denver7 in hopes of helping other families get the help they need. Will and Kristina have a 3 1/2-year-old daughter, but experienced the side effects of depression and anxiety during and after Kristina's pregnancy.

PSI explains the symptoms of pregnancy-related depression and anxiety here.

PSI shares information and resources to help you or a loved one find locations nearest you for treatment here.