4 signs of pregnancy-related anxiety

New screening tool aims to identify women also at risk of postnatal anxiety and depression

Excessive worry about the baby’s health is a consistent red flag that suggests a woman is at risk of significant pregnancy-related anxiety, according to UK researchers who are developing a new tool GPs can use to pick up at-risk patients.

pregnant worried woman

The University of Stirling team identified reliable indicators of antenatal anxiety, following a systematic review of all studies conducted over the past 30 years.

The review was undertaken to address gaps in diagnosis because the current diagnostic criteria for anxiety disorder does not differentiate between general and antenatal

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