Also known as PMH, perinatal mental health occurs during pregnancy and during early motherhood.
PMH cover an array of mental health associated with pregnancy and beyond:
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Birth Trauma
- ‘Baby blues’
- Postpartum depression
- Postpartum psychosis
- OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
Symptoms of Perinatal Depression to look out for:
These symptoms may vary for each individual and may include:
- Feeling sad, angry or confused
- Feeling more emotional than usual
- Experiencing fatigue
- Expressing a change in behaviour
- Lacking concentration
- Excessive worrying
- Obsessive behaviours and thoughts
- Always ‘on the go’ or busy
- Easily irritated
Perinatal Mental health is very common in pregnancy and after birth. Getting support for any of these illnesses is essential; going without support can be harmful to yourself and your baby.
The best support you can get is turning to friends and family. Be honest about how you are feeling.
Support available to support Perinatal Health:
- Access local support services.
- Attend mother’s groups
- Ask your midwife or health visitor or go and see your GP
Mothers Matter offer local support to mothers during pregnancy through to motherhood
Some ways to support your health and wellbeing include:
- Practising Self Care - some actions which may help include going for a walk, reframing thoughts and behaviours, putting aside time for you, spending time with friends and family
- Medication - if you have exhausted other options first, and its safe for you to take.
Contact Mothers Matter
If you feel you may benefit from any of our services, then please contact Mothers Matter:
Unit 2 Crown Buildings,
Tonypandy CF40 1QF
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 2pm
Call: 01443 548590
How can we help?
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