Being pregnant is a big life event and it is natural to feel some emotional changes during this period, especially due to the increased hormonal changes during pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women experience depression, anxiety, or other emotional difficulties during their pregnancy, regardless of background, age, race or life circumstances. For some women, these symptoms may not be severe and do not last very long. For others they become worse, which can make it difficult to enjoy their pregnancy. If you have experienced previous mental health problems, you may be at increased risk.
Signs and symptoms of emotional difficulties include:
It is essential that if you are feeling unwell, that you are given the right type of support as soon as possible, by speaking to your GP, midwife or health visitor. There are a range of different treatments and services available to help you.
Things you can try to help with your mental health:
Useful links for yourself:
Wiltshire IAPT- psychological support services in Wiltshire
Steps2Wellbeing - psychological support services in Dorset
iTalk - psychological support services in Hampshire
Useful links for partners/family members:
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.