Early Warning Signs

Everyone is different.  One woman’s experience of poor mental health will look different to another’s.  It’s also important to say that a certain amount of stress or nervousness about pregnancy and what lies beyond is ‘normal’.  It’s when these feelings stop you enjoying your pregnancy, or from living healthily once baby is born, that seeking help is important.  Here are some of the more common signs:

  • Excessive crying (more than ‘normal’ in pregnancy)
  • Tired but unable to sleep
  • Wanting to sleep more to ‘escape’
  • No appetite or over eating
  • Feeling isolated and lonely
  • Withdrawing or feeling detached from baby, friends and family
  • Irritability and intrusive thoughts
  • Lack of interest in things you’d normally enjoy
  • Repetitive, unhelpful thoughts and behaviour

Your doctor and midwife are there to help you and, in the UK, there are healthcare guidelines which give them a number of options to discuss with you during and after your pregnancy.

Speak with close family and friends about how you feel and ask them to come to ante-natal or post-natal appointments with you, if that might help.

If you’re reading this because you’re worried about someone you care about, approach the subject sensitively.  You could say you’re worried about them, ask how they feel and what would help.    If you feel you can’t approach the subject with them, you could speak with your doctor about how to take the conversation forward.  If you have immediate concerns, call 999.

Men / partners can also experience poor mental health when their partner is pregnant.  Click here for more information.

Please read the important information at the foot of this website before making decisions about your health and wellbeing. 

© Delphi Ellis all rights reserved.

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