Perinatal Mental Health

Pregnancy is a time of great change; physical, emotional and psychological.
It is important to be mindful of your emotional health and well being during this time.

It is normal to feel a wide range of emotions including; excitement, joy, worry, stress and responsibility. You are also pregnant during a very unusual time; a global pandemic, which contributes to new and unexpected challenges.

You may need additional support in relation to your mental health if:
Your symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks.
Your symptoms interfere with your ability to work or to carry out your usual day to day activities.
Your symptoms cause considerable upset and distress.
You have suffered from mental health difficulties in the past.
Mental health difficulties in pregnancy and after the birth of your baby are relatively common. Up to 1 in 5 women will experience a mental health problem in pregnancy or in the first year after birth.
If you have suffered from a mental health problem in the past, you may be more vulnerable to relapse at this time.
This is nothing to feel ashamed of. With the right help and support, you will get back on track and begin to grow in confidence as a Mum and enjoy being with your baby.

Talk to your GP, Midwife, Obstetrician or Public Health Nurse.