So much has happened since 2003, when in my third pregnancy I first started to experience signs of depression and anxiety in pregnancy. Back then, people didn’t talk about their mental health, or if they did they were ridiculed or chastised for it. They certainly didn’t speak of it during a time when society expected … More Reflections – Pregnancy Mental Health and Beyond
If you’re worried about your physical or mental health, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. If you are in need of urgent medical assistance please call 999, or 111 if you’re concerned for you’re well-being. This page contains some links for the U.K. which may be useful; if you’re outside of the U.K. … More Mental Health Awareness – Useful Links and Contacts
I was delighted to read in The Guardian recently that a new initiative by the NSPCC has been established to support parents’ mental health during pregnancy and the year following the birth of their child. Recent research reported in The Telegraph suggests that as many as one in three mums-to-be will experience depression in pregnancy. … More Mental Wellness for Parents
My name is Delphi. When I found out I was expecting in 2003, it was a huge shock when my midwife, Zoe, told me she thought I was suffering with poor mental health in pregnancy. It was a shock, because I would have described myself as a cheerful and positive person, delighted to be pregnant. … More You are not alone.
A lot of work is being done to raise awareness of better mental health, but depression continues to carry a stigma with it. Which is why, when the words depression and pregnancy are mentioned in the same sentence, people find it hard to understand. And yet the growing number of people reporting anxiety, depression and stress-like symptoms whilst … More The importance of breath
Most people expect you to be happy when you announce you’re pregnant – and probably assume you are absolutely thrilled. I think it’s one of the reasons they don’t ask about your mental health. If they do ask how you’re doing, it can feel like they’re only asking to compare notes. They expect to hear … More What people expect when you’re expecting
Let’s Talk Lady Business is my dedicated website promoting positive female mental health, and raising awareness of subjects which create stigma. It also aims to remove taboos, and end the shaming, exploitation and violence towards women. To find our more click here.
At least 1 in 10 women will suffer from poor mental health during their pregnancy, in fact some studies say it’s many more than that. We also know that at least the same number of women can develop post-natal depression. If you or someone you know are worried about mental health during or after pregnancy, … More Maternal Mental Health Awareness
In 2004 I started this unique website dedicated to the topic of depression in pregnancy; at the time there was almost nothing known of it. Information by PANDA (a great resource from Australia) says up to 1 in 10 pregnant women are affected, but the research now suggests its closer to 1 in 3, and it … More Pregnancy Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety in Pregnancy Awareness Week