AND PERINATAL ILLNESS
2 in every 10 women will develop a mental illness during pregnancy and within the first year of life with their baby. 7 in 10 women hide or down play the severity of their symptoms.
Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, you might be experiencing a mental health problem.
Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might be a new mental health problem or another episode of a mental health problem you've experienced before. These are known as perinatal mental health problems.
It can be really difficult to feel able to talk openly about how you're feeling when you become a new parent. Many new mums feel:
pressure to be happy and excited
like they have to be on top of everything
worried they're a bad parent if they're struggling with your mental health
worried that their baby will be taken away from them if they admit how they're feeling
But it's important to ask for help or support if you need it. You're likely to find that many new mothers are feeling the same way and seeking support is a really positive first step to feeling better.
In this section of our website you will find information about Perinatal Mental Health problems, tips for self help and details of where you can get support locally in the Scottish Borders.