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”

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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”

You are not alone.

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. Continue reading “You are not alone.”

The importance of breath

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 whilstContinue reading “The importance of breath”