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Can My Pregnancy Qualify Me For Disability Benefits?


Little Lambs in Evansville is an organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to new parents and infants that otherwise would have nothing. They strive to encourage new parents through opportunities and gifts provided by the community. Their hope is that through the charity they might be able to educate parents of the mental and physical needs of infants so that all children in the community will have the opportunity to grow up with optimal care.

Pregnancy can be a stressful time for soon-to-be parents emotionally, physically, and mentally. Some pregnancies don’t go quite as smooth as others. Some require extra care, bed rest, and, in some cases, extra time off work. If you are currently experiencing disabilities from your pregnancy, or you are suffering postpartum depression after giving birth, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Physical Disabilities


Pregnancy involves a lot of changes in the body. Some bodies handle this transition just fine, but other don’t. Because pregnancy itself is temporary, it alone will not get you approved for Social Security disability benefits. Your condition must be expected to last at least 12 months in order to qualify for disability.

However, any side effects you experience that your doctor believes may be permanent could possibly qualify you for disability. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Severe back strain
  • Severe bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Paralysis

Some side effects may go away in time, and some may be chronic. No matter the case, if your doctor believes that your pregnancy may leave you disabled for a significant period of time, you might qualify for Social Security disability. In addition, if you are still experiencing these disabilities after you give birth, you may still qualify.



Postpartum depression affects many new mothers. It is a common feeling of sadness or guilt that some call “baby blues.” Postpartum depression is a very real condition, and it should be taken very seriously.

Some mothers can overcome this depression in a matter of weeks, but for others it can be a lasting problem, and it can qualify as a disability. In these cases, a significant amount of treatments may be required, including counseling and medication, in order to treat the issue. If your postpartum depression symptoms last long enough to be considered chronic, you could qualify for Social Security disability insurance for your mental health.

Help from an Evansville Social Security Disability Attorney

Pregnancy is a stressful time for a mother. You are likely physically and mentally exhausted. If you are or have experienced a particularly harsh pregnancy, the last thing you need to be dealing with is the excessive paperwork involved in the Social Security disability application process. Let one of our experienced attorneys guide you through this process. Call Hensley Legal Group today for a free consultation or contact us online.