Along with the happy, positive feelings about the pregnancy, it’s natural for mums and birthing parents to sometimes feel worried or low. But if they feel like this all the time or feel they can’t cope, it’s important that they get support.
Supporting your partner with their emotional health
Sometimes, all your partner might need is for you to be there. A hug or reassuring word can go a long way to making them feel supported and cared for. You might like to encourage them to:
“Just being present can be really powerful. Sometimes mums just need a hug and a cry.”
Anxiety and depression
Many women and birthing people experience anxiety or depression during pregnancy.
The midwife or doctor will ask your partner how they’re feeling at their booking appointment. If your partner needs support with their emotional health, they can speak to their GP, midwife or health visitor at any stage of pregnancy.
You can also speak to these health professionals if you’re worried about your partner.
Pregnancy can put extra pressure on your relationship with the mum or birthing parent, whether you’re a couple or co-parenting. Talking to each other about how you both feel can help you work through any problems together.
Read more about relationships and sex during pregnancy.
How pregnancy can affect dads and partners
The physical and emotional changes that pregnant mums and birthing parents go through are well known. But there’s some evidence that men and non-birthing parents may experience hormone changes too.
Many men and partners experience stress, anxiety or depression during their partner's pregnancy or after their baby is born. Find out more about how pregnancy can affect dads and partners.
After the birth
Having a baby is a huge life change, which can affect both parents. Find out more about looking your partner's mental health after birth and looking after your mental health after your baby is born.