Reflections – Pregnancy Mental Health and Beyond

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 expectedContinue reading “Reflections – Pregnancy Mental Health and Beyond”

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Mental Health Awareness – Useful Links and Contacts

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.Continue reading “Mental Health Awareness – Useful Links and Contacts”

What people expect when you’re expecting

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 hearContinue reading “What people expect when you’re expecting”

Maternal Mental Health Awareness 

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,Continue reading “Maternal Mental Health Awareness “

Pregnancy Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety in Pregnancy Awareness Week

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 itContinue reading “Pregnancy Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety in Pregnancy Awareness Week”

Ante Natal and Post Natal Depression and Anxiety in Men

Alfie met and married his childhood sweetheart and within a year they’d had a baby girl. He hadn’t always had an easy life but said now he felt his life was complete. Within a few days of his daughter being born, though, he noticed he felt different.  Nothing obvious at first but he was awareContinue reading “Ante Natal and Post Natal Depression and Anxiety in Men”