Perinatal mental health issues can be experienced by anyone during pregnancy or after the birth of the baby and may mean that you require specialist input to help you.
The Perinatal mental health midwife works within the Perinatal mental health team to support women and pregnant people with moderate to severe mental health issues.
However, women and other pregnant people may also experience mild to moderate mental health needs.
Pregnancy can bring about big changes in your life, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Some people cope well with these changes, while others may find it harder. Even if you are excited about your baby, it is common for some women and pregnant people to feel vulnerable when they are pregnant and this can happen at any time during your pregnancy. Speak to your midwife if you are feeling down or anxious.
If you have suffered with anxiety, depression, or any mental illness in the past, this may increase the likelihood of a reoccurrence during pregnancy, or after having your baby. It is important that you discuss this with your midwife who can access support for you from the Community Mental Health and Perinatal Mental Health Teams.
To contact your local midwife call 01874 622443
After your baby is born:
After the birth, some mothers and parents feel low and tearful, sometimes known as the ‘Baby Blues’. This is caused by a hormonal change in the body and normally resolves within a few days. If you are concerned that these feelings are getting worse or are not easing, please speak to your midwife or health visitor for support. Fathers/partners and other parents can also experience anxiety and depression following the birth of a baby.
There is Help and Support available, so please talk about how you are feeling to your Midwife, Health Visitor or GP.
You will be given time to talk about any feelings and concerns and get help if necessary.
Below are some of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.
Crying Lack of energy Anxiety
Difficulty in sleeping Irritability Lack of appetite
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your local midwife on