The theme for Maternal Mental Health week is reaching out for support.
Mental health problems during pregnancy or following childbirth are common. Some women who have a previous mental health condition that can be exacerbated by pregnancy or having a baby. For others, they may experience a mental health problem for the very first time.
According to Maternal Mental Health Alliance, sadly, left untreated, perinatal mental illness is one of the leading causes of death for women during pregnancy and the first year after birth.
Pregnancy is lifechanging and understandably a difficult and stressful time, especially during the year of the pandemic. The Foundation recognise this is a hugely important topic and are supporting the week-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness and talking about mental illness while pregnant or after having a baby.
It’s okay to seek help and support, let’s keep talking about this, with partners, family, friends or reach out to one of the many organisations available like the Foundation who can offer a space and time to listen.
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