Pregnancy is wonderful, but it can also be a time of anxiety. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems in pregnancy. They affect about 10 to 15 out of every 100 pregnant women .
Women need emotional support both during pregnancy and afterwards. Experiencing a loss is felt deeply, and for a long time – yet often, women are not given the support they need to cope.
Mental health is important both for mother and baby – women with severe mental illnesses are more likely to give birth too early, to babies with a low birth weight. It is also vital to find out which drugs used to help with mental illness are safe to use during pregnancy.
Tommy’s understand that more research is needed so that we know how to help women during pregnancy, and how to best support women and their families after losing a baby.
Current mental health research
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