Mental Wellbeing in Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a really happy and exciting time but can also bring some challenges to your mental wellbeing as you adjust to the physical and emotional changes that you are going through. More than 1 in 10 women (and many men) experience some mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year of their baby’s life. These can include depression and feelings of anxiety and can occur at different levels - most people experience mild forms but some may have more serious symptoms.
We know that these can and do get better but picking up the problem early and finding the appropriate level of help is incredibly important in helping parents-to-be to recover. Each time you see your midwife they will ask you about your thoughts and feelings so this is a good opportunity to mention any mental health symptoms that you’re worried about. You can also contact your GP who will be able to signpost you to a range of services
Help and support
iCope offers a range of services to support people experiencing psychological or emotional distress. You can self-refer or ask your midwife and GP to support you to do this. People who are pregnant (and their partners) are seen as a priority and, following referral, you should be contacted by a clinician within two weeks.
The ‘Helpful Resources’ section of the website offers a wide range of self-help information which you may find useful.
Journey to Parenthood is a six-week antenatal course for Islington residents which not only helps you to prepare for your labour and birth but also encourages you to think about what it means to become a parent
Tommy's is a national charity which supports families through every part of the pregnancy journey
Baby Buddy is an NHS approved app with masses of information about pregnancy and the early weeks with your baby
The Better Health Start for Life website has a helpful section on mental health in pregnancy.