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Mental Health

These pages cover a range of Perinatal Mental Illness, what they are, signs and symptoms, where to get help/useful links.

We are not a medical site so please seek help from a health care professional if you are struggling.

Site is under construcion but we hope to add case studies for each of the mental illnesses listed below.

Antenatal Depression

Antenatal Depression affects around 10% of expectant mothers. It is often difficult especially in a first pregnancy to distinguish between 'normal' pregnancy anxieties etc, but it's important to speak your Midwife or GP if you have concerns as it...

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Baby Blues

The "baby blues" is a time when you may feel low and tearful, and it usually occurs in the first week after the birth. It's a result of the normal hormonal changes taking place in your body and affects...

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Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression affects 1 in 5 new mothers
It is important to seek help as soon as you feel you are suffering with postnatal depression. There is no shame in seeking help and it means you are very brave!

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Anxiety

Royal College of Midwives suggest up to 20% of women experience perinatal mental illness during pregnancy and the first year of their babies’ lives.

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Postnatal Psychosis

Postnatal Psychosis is much less common than Baby Blues or Postnatal Depression. It occurs in about 1 in every 1000 women (0.1%) who have a baby

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in pregnancy and after the birth of your child - Studies suggest rates of between 2.5% and 9%.

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Dad Mental Health

Research from the NCT found that more than 1 in 3 new fathers (38%) are concerned about their mental health. In general, studies have shown that one in 10 dads has PND and fathers also appear to be more likely to...

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