It’s okay to sometimes feel tearful or sad, but if you are feeling like this most days, and these feelings don’t seem to be getting better or going away, it’s important to tell your midwife, health visitor or GP as soon as possible.
There are a range of things that can be done to help you, your baby and your family. This maybe someone to talk to about how you feel, or a group with other mothers who feel the same. Don’t feel guilty about getting help. Remember to look after yourself, as your health is just as important as your baby’s.
In the UK, mental illness in pregnant and postnatal women often goes unrecognised, undiagnosed and untreated.
More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. If untreated, these perinatal mental illnesses can have a devastating impact on the women affected and their families.
A film of parents experiences in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly has been produced to increase awareness of these issues. The video can help women, their partners and families know that there is help and support available and how to access it.
Help is available if you are concerned about yourself or your partner, please speak to your health visitor or GP.