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Preparing for Parenthood

Personal and Mental Wellbeing during Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Mental Health

Expecting a baby is an amazing journey but it can also be one of anxiety, stress and/depression.  Women and men can both experience mental health issues during the pregnancy (the ‘antenatal’ period), as well as after the birth (the ‘postnatal’ period).   Studies show that a woman is as likely to be depressed during her pregnancy as she is eight weeks after her baby is born.

Being emotionally and mentally well will help you to manage the challenges of pregnancy, labour and life with a new baby.  For these reasons keeping your mind strong is essential during pregnancy.

Simple ways you can look after your mental health

You can look after your mental health by taking time out from a busy schedule to relax.  You may like to practice mindfulness, attend a baby yoga class or simply do something nice for yourself.   The links below will help you find the best way for you to relax.

What to do if you are struggling

If you find that you are struggling with feelings of prenatal depression or anxiety, it is important that you make an appointment with your G.P and talk to somebody about how these feelings are affecting you.

For more information, please visit:

The Rotunda Maternity Hospital: Mental Health during Pregnancy

Your Mental Health.ie

A Lust For Life.com 

Mummy Pages.ie Maintaining Good Mental Health during Pregnancy

Mams.ie Online Chat and Support for Mams County Louth

Post Natal Depression Ireland

Teen Parents Support Programme

Nurturecharity.org Depression during Pregnancy