MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?
Pregnancy is a life-changing experience. Although many of these changes may be positive, it is normal for some women to also experience periods of low mood and increased anxiety. At Select Psychology we can provide therapy which will help you take care of your mental wellbeing throughout your pregnancy journey.
WHAT IS MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH?
Studies show that every one in five women are affected by maternal mental health problems. Maternal mental health is divided in two parts: antenatal or prenatal mental health and postnatal or postpartum mental health. Antenatal mental health refers to time before a woman gives birth and postnatal refers to the first year after giving birth.
The transition to motherhood is a time of great emotional change. Although many of these changes may be positive, it is normal for some women to also experience periods of low mood and increased anxiety. These tend to resolve themselves, however for a some women this low mood and/or anxiety can go on to have a more significant impact upon their wellbeing. This may be impacted by a previous history of a mental health disorder, relationship/family difficulties, previous pregnancies and other life stressors.
Maternal Mental Health Symptoms
It is normal for expectant mothers to worry at the thought of impending labour, birth and motherhood. The majority of women also experience a period of low mood, anxiety and tearfulness after having a baby i.e. postnatal. This generally peaks on the 5th day and then starts to subside.
If you are experiencing symptoms lasting longer than 10-14 days either during pregnancy or in the postnatal period (sometimes referred to as postnatal depression) it may be that you need to seek further support.
WHEN TO SEEK THERAPY FOR MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?
You should consider therapy for maternal mental health issues when:
You have low mood
You have difficulties going to sleep, staying asleep or waking early
You are suffering from poor concentration
You are more irritable than normal
You have feelings of guilt and that you are 'not good enough'
You are overwhelmed by the adjustment to pregnancy/motherhood
You are becoming avoidant of people/social situations
You have difficulties bonding with the unborn child/new baby
You have a lack of enjoyment in things you used to enjoy
THE BEST THERAPIES FOR TREATING MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)
Counselling & Psychotherapy
BENEFITS OF THERAPY FOR MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
You are able to strengthen you relationship with your partner and your baby
You feel more confident to adapt to the change in your life
It can help you feel more motivated to spend quality time with your newborn and create a bond
You will feel more empowered to do the best you can for you and your family
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP WITH MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?
If you are suffering, it is best to seek treatment as soon as you are able to, but in the meantime there are some things that can help while you are waiting for your first appointment:
HOW CAN OUR PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES HELP WITH MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?
We offer a wide range of therapies to help with maternal mental health issues and give you the tools to cope and understand your emotions. We are a private mental health service with highly trained therapists and no waiting lists.
This is how therapy would work:
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HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW
What are maternal mental health issues?
Maternal Mental Health (MMH) has a wide range of related disorders and conditions which can include depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD and psychosis. These disorders and symptoms can happen during the perinatal period, which includes pregnancy and the postpartum period.
What causes maternal mental health problems?
Many factors may contribute to maternal mental problems, impacts on mental health vary depending on individual circumstances:
Factors can include:
- History of mental health
- Childhood abuse and neglect
- Domestic violence
- Interpersonal conflict
- Inadequate social support
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Unplanned or unwanted pregnancy
- Migration status
What do midwives do for maternal mental health?
Midwives can provide support to pregnant women and their families, and act as an important resource for the overall pregnancy journey including assessment, support and management of mental health problems. It is important that you talk to your midwife if you are feel that you may be struggling with your mental health.