Pregnancy and postnatal emotional problems

Pregnancy and Postnatal Emotional Problems

Pregnancy and Postnatal Emotional Problems

Pregnancy, giving birth and becoming a mother are times of huge adjustment. About 13% of women will experience problems with mood or other signs of depression after having a baby. New research shows that the number of women experiencing these things during pregnancy may be even higher. Many women also suffer from anxiety and stress. Difficulties may begin to develop during pregnancy or after having a baby.
If you think that you have low mood, anxiety, stress or any psychological problem during pregnancy or after you have your baby, it is important that you speak to someone. Your Midwife, GP or Health Visitor all have experience of helping women with emotional difficulties during this time. If it feels too much to speak to a professional, you could speak to your partner, a family member or a friend. Women sometimes find that they begin to feel better just by admitting that there may be a problem.

Remember – there is help available and you are not alone in feeling this way

Advice for partners of women with postnatal depression
Antenatal anxiety (Anxiety during pregnancy)
Difficulties bonding with your baby
Needle Phobia
Postnatal anxiety
Postnatal depression
Postnatal depression in dads
Recovering from a difficult birth
Self-help books


Feeling low, anxious or stressed?