Wellbeing for mums and dads
Welcome to the 'Wellbeing page for Mums and Dads'.
The time during pregnancy and the first year after the birth is referred to as the perinatal period. Having a baby can bring a lot of excitement, joy and happiness but we also know that it can be a time of great changes to your life and responsibilities and that lots of mums and dads struggle with their own emotional well-being during this time.
You may feel that you are the only one feeling as you do, but about 1 in 5 women experience an emotional difficulty at some point during the perinatal period (but most don’t feel they can tell anyone else). More than 1 in 3 new fathers are concerned about their mental health during this time and about 1 in 10 can experience depression (often a few months after the birth) and often find it even harder to tell others how they are feeling. What we do know though is that it is important to look after yourself during this time.
But did you know?
10% of new dads are thought to experience depression often starting a few months after the birth and can experience PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) if they witnessed a traumatic birth of their partner – link to Dads Matter UK. Between 1.5% and 6% of women who give birth may suffer from these symptoms more often after the birth of their baby. - link to PTSD UK
11% of women may experience an increase or occurrence of OCD (obsessive complusive disorder) sometimes with distressing and intrusive thoughts – link to Maternal OCD
10% of pregnant women suffer from Post Natal Depression (PND)
10-15% of women suffer from depression after having a baby
15-20% of women suffer from anxiety before and after having a baby
This is very common 3-4 days after giving birth. You may feel tearful often for no apparent reason. This is usually due to the fall on hormones after giving birth and normally resolves itself very quickly.
If you are struggling if this goes on beyond the first week then it is important to tell someone first, such as your partner, family, friends, midwife, or healthvisitor. Sometimes this extra support can be enough to overcome your difficulties, however there are other sources of support available:
. The children centre local to you often have some really good support in place
Looking To The Future.
We know that by looking after your own emotional well being during this time it will give your baby the best start in life and help you to enjoy this precious time with your new baby. Medication can play a part and you should follow the guidance of your GP however we also know that talking works well too-if you are struggling please refer yourself to Talking Therapies.