Lizabeth, a mother of three from Upstate New York, was confused when her early pregnancy was marked with depression and not excitement. "In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when I was feeling depressed and did not know why, I was afraid to voice it. I had tried for this baby, his big sisters were excited, and you don't get to complain about something you wanted, right? You aren't allowed to say that you no longer wish to be pregnant when you are lucky enough to have conceived on the first try with no assistance," she said. "This is what I felt like at the time. The feeling was physically palpable, and as a person who needs to find an explanation for everything, I couldn't make sense of it."
This is only part of Lizabeth's story. And, her story is not uncommon. Approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from antenatal depression. Despite it affecting so many women, it remains a taboo subject.
"I am not entirely sure if there is still a stigma around antenatal depression, but to this day, I haven't heard parents speak about it in my 17 years of motherhood," stated Lizabeth.