If you’ve suffered with a mental health issue before your pregnancy, have developed one throughout pregnancy or after the birth of your baby it’s important to get the right help and support.
If you have a history of mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, previous post-partum psychosis, schizophrenia or severe depression please make sure that your midwife, GP or health visitor is aware before you have your baby so they can get you the specialist support you may need.
Struggling with mental health may be more common in pregnancy and in the first year after your baby is born, than you might think, affecting dads as well as mums. Between 10 and 20 per cent of women develop a problem such as antenatal or postnatal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or post-partum psychosis.
These conditions can develop suddenly and can include a range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. It’s important to know that you are not alone and there are plenty of people that are able to support you. Speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP for advice.