Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Maternal Mental Health

Overall 
Anxiety 
Depression 
History of Post-Partum Depression

Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, are common during  and after pregnancy. However, they are often undiagnosed as many of the signs and symptoms, such as fatigue, are commonly observed with motherhood. Mental health disorders can cause substantial suffering, and interfere with the lives of those affected and their families.

Overall

According to BORN, in 2014, one in five pregnant women (20.6% (19.5%, 21.8%) reported a mental health concern during their pregnancy. Of those who reported a mental health issue, the most commonly reported concerns related to anxiety (59.7%) and depression (54.3%)§.

In Ontario, 14.9% (14.7%, 15.1%)) of pregnant women reported a mental health concern, which is significantly lower than Simcoe Muskoka. While anxiety and depression were also the most commonly reported mental health concern in pregnant mothers across Ontario, they were reported significantly less often when compared to Simcoe Muskoka.
MentalHealth_SMON 

Anxiety

In Simcoe Muskoka, 12.3% (11.4%, 13.3%) of pregnant women reported anxiety during their pregnancy in 2014. Anxiety was significantly more common in younger pregnant women when compared to older pregnant women, with 16.9% (14.5%, 19.6%) of 15-24 year old pregnant women and between 11% and 12% of pregnant women aged 25-34 and 35-49 years reporting anxiety, respectively.

MentalHealth_Anxiety 

Depression

In 2014, 11.2% (10.3%, 12.1%) of pregnant women in Simcoe Muskoka reported depression during their pregnancy. Depression was significantly more common in younger pregnant women when compared to older pregnant women, with 16.5% (14.0%, 19.1%) of pregnant women 15-24 years old reporting depression, compared with 9.7% (8.7%, 10.8%) of women aged 25-34 years and 11.5% (9.4%, 14.0%) of women aged 35-49 years.

Approximately half (50.2%) of pregnant women who reported feeling depressed during their pregnancy also reported feelings of anxiety.

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History of Post-Partum Depression

In 2014, approximately 3% (2.9% (2.5%, 3.4%) of pregnant women in Simcoe Muskoka reported a history of post-partum depression. Older pregnant women (aged 35-49 years) were more likely to report post-partum depression than younger pregnant women. This may partially due to a greater proportion of younger pregnant women being nulliparous (no previous births).

For more information, please see the Parents & Parent-To-Be section on the health unit’s website.

Technical Notes

More than one mental health concern can be reported by each pregnant woman.