One woman from Cranbrook near Exeter says she felt so negative about having her second child, she stopped going out of the house.
Natasha Dowling is part of the 12% of women in the country who have experienced pre-natal depression during their pregnancy.
She ended up distancing herself from her family and friends and went on to develop postnatal anxiety.
The mother of two is now encouraging others to seek available help.
Pre-natal depression, sometimes known simply as PND, is a condition that some people say is not as well recognised as post-natal mental illness.
Early intervention can help, but Natasha was reluctant at first to open up and admit there might be a problem.
PANDAS, a foundation which offers help and advice to women before and after their baby is born, provided support for Natasha.
The foundation is hosting Pre and Postnatal Depression Awareness Week from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th September to create more awareness around the mental illnesses.
- 1 in 15 suffer from a mental illness while carrying a baby (prenatal)
- 13% suffering from prenatal anxiety
- 12% experiencing prenatal depression
- Between 2-4% experience OCD
- 1 in 3 women who experience prenatal depression will go on to develop postnatal depression.
A new survey has found almost three quarters of midwives and health visitors don't think there is enough training surrounding pre-natal mental illness.
Some of the symptoms of pre-natal depression include:
- Chronic anxiety
- Incessant crying
- Lack of energy
- Relationship worries: worrying their partner may leave once the baby is born
- Conflict with parents: pregnancy can often stir up emotions regarding their own up bringing
- Fear to seek help
Nor pregnant for a third time, Natasha says she feels she's better armed to deal with any anxiety and says she is happy she made the decision to open up about her depression and get the help she needed.