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Optimums-To-Be does perintal mental health


Optimums-To-Be does perintal mental health

Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women, and covers a wide range of conditions, the most commonly known one being postnatal depression.

Postnatal depression (PND) probably isn’t something we want to think about while we are pregnant. But it does affect a significant percentage of new mums. It is important to remember that PND is not your fault. It is an illness. Having it does not mean you do not love your baby. It can be lonely, distressing and frightening, but as long as it is recognised and treated, it is a temporary condition you can recover from.

PND usually develops in the first four to six weeks after childbirth, although in some cases it may not develop for several months. While it is very common to experience ‘baby blues’, during which mothers experience mood changes, irritability and episodes of tearfulness in the days following the birth, these normally clear up within a couple of weeks.

Chat to our guest mental health nurse Becky, and find out how to spot the symptoms of PND and other perinatal mental health issues, in yourself (or other new mums), as well as how you can help yourself and what souces of help there are both locally and nationally.

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