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Emotional Health & Wellbeing before, during and after pregnancy 

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Support to stay well before, during and after your pregnancy

Having a baby is a big life event. Whether it is your first child, or you are adding to your family It's natural to feel a range of emotions during pregnancy and after giving birth. You might have questions or just need some reassurance, but if difficult feelings start to have a big effect on your day-to-day life, you might be experiencing a perinatal mental health problem. Perinatal means the period of time from when you become pregnant and up to a year after giving birth. It might be a new mental health problem, or an episode of a problem you've had in the past.

What is Perinatal Mental Health

You may hear professionals talk about 'perinatal mental health' 

Perinatal mental health means the feelings and thoughts that parents have when they are going to have a baby or after the baby is born.

Facts about Perinatal Mental Health 

  • 🤰  During this time, a period of poor mental health, or worsening of existing mental health conditions is common 
  • 🤱 Nearly 1 in 5 women have emotional challenges during pregnancy or within the first year after giving birth.
  • 👩‍🦰  Additionally, about 70% of women may downplay or hide the severity of their feelings.
  • 🧔 Postnatal depression is estimated to affect up to 1 in 10 men.
  • 👩‍👧 Single mums are about three times more likely to experience periods of depression compared to other groups.
  • 🧕 Mums from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities may experience higher rates of postnatal depression and anxiety than other groups. 

What might it feel like? 

Some of the things you may feel are:

  • 🥀 Feeling Really Sad: This can happen before the baby comes and after the baby is born. It's sometimes called prenatal, or post-natal depression. Remember men can have it too.
  • 😟 Worrying Too Much: Sometimes, parents are unable to stop worrying about their baby and everything else.
  • 😨 Feeling Scared: You might have moments when you feel scared about the future, or your relationship.
  • 🤔 Thinking About Things Over and Over: You may think about things again and again, these thoughts can be upsetting and may be hard to talk about.
  • 😭 Fluctuating moods: You might have times when you feel happy, but then suddenly, feel very sad out of nowhere.
  • 😕 Feeling Very Confused: Some parents might feel confused and not know what's happening around them. They might lose touch with what's real and what's not.
  • 😐 No pleasure in experiences or activities that you once enjoyed: Feeling numb or empty inside
  • 😟 Lack of energy and motivation: Feeling completely exhausted, even when you've slept well
  • 🍴 Changes in eating habits Eating too much, or too little
  • 🧠 Difficulty concentrating: You might not being able to focus on anything for very long
  • 🤷‍♀️ Difficulties making decisions: Feeling overwhelmed by choice, letting someone else take the lead all the time
  • 🔥 Feeling that something bad is going to happen: Imagining worst case scenarios or constantly dreading something
  • 🦵 Non specific body aches or pains: You may ache all over without an obvious reason

And sometimes,

  • 😢 Feelings of guilt and hopelessness. 
  • 👩‍🦱  Feeling worthless or having thoughts of self harm 
  • 🤱 Feeling unable or unwilling to care for your baby
  • 👶 Negative thoughts about your baby  

You may have one or two things that stand out to you from this list or lots more, the key is, if you are feeling like this most of the time on most days, it's important to talk to your GP, midwife or health visitor on 01226 774411.

It's okay to ask for help, and there are people who want to support you. They can help you feel better and enjoy the special time of having a baby.

Support for dads, and partners

Becoming a parent is a happy time, but it can be tough too. If your partner is pregnant or recently gave birth, you may also experience mental health problems around this time.

Dads and partners can feel sad or worried after a baby is born, just like mums can.

Find out more about bonding with Baby

Professionals sometimes talk about 'parent-infant relationships'. This means bonding with your baby.

Providing love, care, and positive interactions with your baby can set them up for a happy and successful life ahead.

Staying healthy during pregnancy

Maintaining good physical health before, during, and after pregnancy is very important for both mum and the baby. 

🔎 Find out more: 

To find out about, quitting smoking during pregnancy, maintaining a healthy weight and nutrition information, visit the

Keep Well Keep Moving page on the Virtual Family Hub here 

Registering the birth of your baby

You've got six weeks to register the birth of your baby after they arrive, you need to register your baby to get their birth certificate.

Click here to make an appointment at Barnsley Town Hall to register the birth 

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