Maternal Mental Health


There are many symptoms which may include:

  • Continued feelings of low mood and sadness
  • A lack of interest in general and a lack of enjoyment in the activities which were previously pleasurable
  • A constant feeling of tiredness with no energy
  • Disturbed sleep patterns at night which has no obvious cause
  • Low levels of self-confidence
  • Feelings of agitation or “can’t be bothered”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Blaming oneself unnecessarily when things go wrong
  • Having no appetite or eating excessively for comfort
  • Self-neglect, not washing or changing clothes
  • Crying often for no apparent reason
  • Considering self-harming and suicide
  • Low sex drive

Feelings of anxiety may prevent women leaving the house, feeling unable to care for their baby or have thoughts about harming their baby.

These thoughts, although distressing are very rarely acted upon.

Although harmful thoughts are thought to be very common, it is best to discuss these with you GP, health visitor or other health professional. This will ensure you receive the support needed for yourself, your baby and your family.

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