Your mental health during pregnancy and after birth is very important to us. It is just as important to take care of your mental health as it is to take care of your physical health, but it can be harder to realise that there’s a problem or admit that you need some extra help.
In the UK, up to 1 in 5 women develop some form of mental health problem during their pregnancy or in the year after birth (sometimes called the “perinatal period”).
Most of us have heard of postnatal depression (PND), but you might not be aware that some women also suffer from antenatal depression (depression during pregnancy). This is a time of so much change, to your body and your hormones as well as to your life in general, so it’s understandable that lots of women struggle with their emotions during pregnancy.
It’s important to remember that depression and anxiety during pregnancy are common, and can be treated, but there are also lots of things you can do yourself to improve your emotional wellbeing. You could try: