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.
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.
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.
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