This week is Maternal Mental Health Week – a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about perinatal mental health.
Perinatal mental health refers to the mental health of a woman during pregnancy and the postpartum period (up to 12 months post-delivery).
Having a baby is a big life event. It’s natural to experience a range of emotions during pregnancy and after giving birth. But if any difficult feelings start to have an effect on your day-to-day life, it’s important to speak to someone about it. There are also a range of things that you can do to support your wellbeing, here are some tips that can help:
- Know the signs: Knowing the signs of perinatal mental health conditions such as postpartum depression and anxiety can help you seek support early. Be aware of the symptoms, such as mood swings, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and feeling overwhelmed.
- Connect with others: Joining a perinatal support group or connecting with other expectant or new mothers can help you feel less isolated and provide a safe space to share your experiences. This is a great way to meet new people and form new connections.
- Get enough sleep: Sleep is crucial for your mental health, and getting enough rest can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Try to establish a consistent sleep routine and make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
- Take care of yourself: Prioritise self-care and make time for activities that make you feel good. This could be as simple as taking a relaxing bath, going for a walk, or reading a book.
- Seek help if needed: If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek help. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional who can provide you with the support and resources you need.
Remember, taking care of your mental health during the perinatal period is essential for both you and your baby’s well-being. By taking steps to improve your mental health, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges of pregnancy and the postpartum period and enjoy the precious moments with your baby.
The Perinatal Mental Health Service is open to women who are registered with a GP practice in the Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire areas who are in the perinatal period. If you would like to speak to someone about the support available, please speak to your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor who will make the appropriate referral.
You can also read more information here.