Your mental health

The first few weeks and months after having a baby can be very emotional. You may feel a huge mix of emotions from joy, love and pride to worry, sadness and frustration.

mum holding her baby

How are you?

Many women find it hard to talk about any negative feelings after having a baby because they feel under pressure to be happy. Knowing more about some of the things that new mums can struggle with may help you feel more prepared - have a look at Tommy's advice on planning ahead for after the birth.

You're not alone

Remember that you're not alone if you are feeling low. Up to 1 in 5 women develop mental health problems such as depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the first year after childbirth.

If you are worried about the way you are feeling, please talk to your midwife or doctor. They will point you in the right direction for all the support that you need, without judgment.

Further help and support

For more advice and tips on coping with emotional changes, stress and anxiety after childbirth, have a look at:

Tommy's: mental health before, during and after pregnancy.

The NHS website: postnatal depression.

PANDAS: Information and support for parents affected by perinatal mental illness

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