Almost a third of pregnant women suffer strong feelings of depression and anxiety, according to a new survey The poll found that many are struggling with signs of antenatal depression — depression during pregnancy — but are afraid to tell their doctor or midwife.

The poll found some 30% of mothers-to-be frequently experience five or more key indicators of the condition.These include feeling anxious for no reason, losing interest in day-to-day activities and feeling so unhappy they cry.

If the figure was extrapolated across all pregnancies, this suggests almost a quarter of a million women a year in the UK suffer from depression during pregnancy.

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