Looking after your mental health in pregnancy, birth and beyond

 

While managing the physical changes during pregnancy birth and beyond, your emotional health is very important too. Talking about how you are feeling helps you get through the exciting yet challenging time of becoming a parent.

 

It doesn’t matter who you talk to, but it is worth having someone in mind that you can trust and who can support you if needed. Transitioning to becoming a parent is an important stage in your life. Many women (and their partners) can feel anxious, unhappy, mentally distressed, depressed and this can be unexpected.

 

You may have mixed emotions about your pregnancy and your baby. This is completely normal. Here are some common signs that you should talk through with your midwife, GP or health visitor:

  • Tearfulness
  • Feeling overwhelmed,
  • things getting on top of you
  • Feeling irritable
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling more anxious
  • Lack of interest in usual things

Some women may also have:

Intrusive thoughts

Suicidal thoughts

Strict rituals or obsessions

 

If you find it hard to talk about how you are feeling you could start by using The Wellbeing Plan: www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/health-professionals/free-pregnancy-resources/wellbeing-plan

 

Other useful resources for managing your emotional and mental wellbeing are here:

 

Support Groups:

 

Facebook - crafting through crisis peer support group: www.facebook.com/craftingthroughcrisis