Author(s): Urszula Sioma-Markowska*
Interest in the mental health of women in the perinatal period has increased significantly in recent years. The number of publications treating postpartum depression as a mental disorder requiring early diagnosis and therapy has grown. Until now, few researchers have addressed the impact of pregnancy on a woman’s mood. The term pregnancy depression is not widely known. According to literature data, 15-20% of women develop depression during pregnancy. In Poland, from 2019, according to the guidelines of the organizational standard of perinatal care, it is mandatory to monitor mental health during pregnancy and after childbirth. The publication briefly and synthetically summarizes the reports on the issue of pregnancy depression - risk factors and symptoms of pregnancy depression and the initial diagnosis of depressive disorders in pregnancy.