Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
Fact: 1 in 15 women will experience a mental health problem in pregnancy
Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
Fact: We probably all work with someone who has experienced a mental health problem.
Myth: If you tell people about a mental health problem your baby will be taken away
Fact: Health professionals will do everything to support you through pregnancy and in parenthood. They do not want to take your baby away.
Myth: People with mental health problems are generally downtrodden
Fact: Mental health problems can strike people from all walks of life – doctors, lawyers, teachers, bankers, shop assistants, chief executives.
Myth: Talking about mental health problems make it worse
Fact: The only way to get help is to talk – to your family and friends, as well as to health professionals.
Some mums expect, or perhaps feel pressured, to feel excited and happy throughout their pregnancy. But unfortunately this isn't always the case.
We all dream of floating serenely through pregnancy, channelling a sense of calm for the growing baby inside us. But, often, the reality is somewhat different. Try our practical tips to help you relax in pregnancy.
Stress in pregnancy is not unusual. Here are some ideas for how you can relax and look after your emotional wellbeing when you’re pregnant.
If you need help and support with your emotional health, there are a number of different options.
Pregnancy and having a baby can be an exciting and demanding time for women. If you have an existing or past mental health condition it brings extra challenges and you are at higher risk of relapse during this time than at others.
Midwives and others in your care team are there to support you with your emotional health as well as physical health
ℹLast reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.