A not-for-profit organisation offering Pre- and Post-natal support for women and their families. 1-2-1 support and wellbeing support for women during their pregnancies and after their babies are born.
Also known as PMH, perinatal mental health occurs during pregnancy and during motherhood up until your baby is 3 years old.
PMH cover an array of mental health associated with pregnancy and beyond, such as PND, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Birth Trauma, ‘Baby blues’, Postpartum depression, Postpartum psychosis, and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
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.
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
The best support you can get is turning to friends and family. Be honest about how you are feeling. 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
Support available to support Perinatal Health:
Some ways to support your health and wellbeing include:
- Listening Opportunities
- Local groups
- Online forums
- Befriending Services
- Pregnancy Hubs
- Antenatal Classes
- 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 to take during your pregnancy
Contact Mothers Matter
If you feel you may benefit from any of our services, then please contact Mothers Matter:
Monday - Friday 9.30am until 5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 2pm
07393 316 301
How can we help?
Feel free to ask a question or simply leave a comment.
Mothers Matter C.I.C. is funded by National Community Trust, UNLTD, RCT Council and CAF