Anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy or after birth is very common, with approximately 1 in 5 Mums and 1 in 10 Dads being affected. While most Mums experience "baby blues" in the first days up to two weeks following the birth, this should not be overbearing or feel unmanageable. If it does, please get in contact for a consultation.
I have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and I am able to help you personally, as well as referring you to a psychologist through a GP Mental Health Care Plan, and a psychiatrist if needed.
Some women are on antidepressants before or during pregnancy, and may need to start or restart medication after birth. Many of these women feel apprehensive about harming their baby during pregnancy or if they are breastfeeding. There are options that are safe for both pregnancy and breastfeeding, which I am more than happy to discuss with you if needed.
There are many resources which may be helpful for you if you experiencing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, some of which I have listed below.
Simple 6 minute grounding meditation - great to use when in the midst of a storm of big emotions:
“Ready to Cope” Program for expectant or new mothers – receive fortnightly emails with information on how to improve your emotional and mental health.
Online self-help for depression and anxiety
MUMentum: Pregnancy and Postnatal Courses
Please see me for a referral to access this program for free.
A website with newsletter sign up that provides lots of developmental information and support for Mums