A Conversation About Maternal Mental Health
How are you feeling this week?
What have been your biggest wins?
What hasn't gone so well? What lessons have you taken away from these experiences? Are you ready to let them go now?
This week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.
Having a baby will create immense change to your life… In every way imaginable. It effects your body, your hormones, your finances, your relationship dynamic, and pretty much everything in between. If you are struggling at the moment, please know that you are not alone and that it is totally understandable.
As many as 1 in 5 women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the first year after the birth of their baby. We’re sure you’ll agree that this statistic is awful. The pain this causes women and their families, along with the negative impact on their health and wellbeing can be huge!
With this in mind, here is a little message to any struggling parents…
You are strong… Even when you feel exhausted, like there is nothing left to give, you still manage to get through the day. If that isn’t strength, we don’t know what is.
You are brave… You provide a space for your beautiful child to grow, which takes great courage.
You are allowed to find it hard… You are responsible for another life. That isn’t meant to be easy! If you are struggling, that’s ok.
You are not alone… There are parents everywhere who have felt the way that you do. You are no less of a parent or caregiver for feeling the way that you do.
Check out tomorrow's social media post (links to our social media profiles are below) for more top tips.
Oh, and before you go, here are some useful resources...
Organisation: Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Advice: RCGP's Toolkit
Book: 'Mind Over Mother' by Anna Mathur
If you’d like a supportive ear, some advice and a chance to talk to someone, feel free to get in touch for a free, no-obligation chat today.
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Abby and the HappiMe Team x