At least 1 in 5 women experience anxiety, depression, both during pregnancy and/or following birth. One in 10 fathers can also experience depression and/or anxiety.
Pregnancy can change your body in many ways. Some common pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, constipation, indigestion and haemorrhoids can often make pregnancy less enjoyable. You may also worry about what lies ahead, how the new addition will change your relationship or worry because your pregnancy was not planned.
Following birth, you may have mixed feelings of joy, relief and overwhelm. Looking after a newborn is hard work as babies do not come with an instruction manual. Constantly focusing on their needs can be exhausting. In addition, you may also have had an unexpected or unplanned birth experience that is difficult to process. You may feel sad, anxious, overly-concerned for your baby, or feel inadequate or guilty. If you think these symptoms are starting to affect your life, it is important to seek help early.
An untreated mental illness can impact long term health and wellbeing impacts for new parents and their baby so early recognition and treatment are important.
I can provide you with a comprehensive mental health assessment and determine a tailored treatment plan for you. There are a number of safe and effective treatment options for mental illness during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Recognising the issues and seeking help is often the first challenge.
Looking after your mental health is often a team approach. I can also link you with the appropriate support groups, counsellors, psychologists or psychiatrists for ongoing support and treatment if required.