Emotional wellbeing

Having a new baby can be an emotional time. Many new parents will feel happiness but also worried and overwhelmed at times with a newborn to look after. Symptoms like tiredness, irritability or poor appetite are normal if you’ve just had a baby. These are usually mild and don’t stop you leading a normal life.

 

Around 1 in 5 women suffer depression or anxiety during their pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. Fathers and partners can also suffer from depression or anxiety at this time. Depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after a baby is born can be extremely distressing.

Symptoms of postnatal depression or anxiety can include low mood, feeling anxious or irritable, having guilty or negative thoughts, and being unable to enjoy things. These symptoms last at least two weeks. Many parents do not realise that they have postnatal depression or anxiety, as symptoms can appear gradually.

Some parents find it very difficult to tell their friends and family or health professionals how they are feeling. If you think you have depression or anxiety, don’t struggle alone. Contact your health visitor or make an appointment with your GP. If you don’t feel up to making an appointment, ask someone to do it for you.

Postnatal depression or anxiety can be treated with talking therapy. You may be referred for counselling with Greenwich Time to Talk , or you can also refer yourself. More severe cases often require antidepressants and you may need to see your GP.

Sometimes, depression in pregnancy can continue as postnatal depression. If you are pregnant and experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, is important to seek help as soon as you can.

Being pregnant and becoming a parent are times where you may be more at risk of other mental health conditions. You can find more information about these here.

For more information about services in Greenwich that may be able to support with your mental health and emotional wellbeing, please click here.