Prenatal Depression commonly occurs during your pregnancy. Prenatal Depression is also known as antenatal depression.
Conditions can vary from mild to severe and can affect women in different ways. Its completely natural to feel overwhelmed and anxious during this time.
Symptoms of Prenatal Depression to look out for:
These symptoms may vary for each individual and may include:
- Feeling sad, guilty or confused
- Feeling more emotional
- Experiencing fatigue or low mood
- Lacking appetite or overeating
- Lacking concentration
- Lack of enjoyment
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Worrying all the time
- Withdrawing from your friends and family
- Short tempered or easily irritated
Prenatal Depression & Anxiety
Finding out you are pregnant can bring a bag of emotions and make feelings very overwhelming and multiplied. It can also bring sickness and fatigue; these are completely normal in pregnancy.
However, you know your body best, and you’ll know if the feelings you are experiencing may be something more. Even if you are just questioning how you feel at this time, please seek medical advice or contact a support service.
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
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
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