Social services will never take a baby into care just because the mother has a mental health problem. This would only happen if you and the baby’s dad can’t look after the baby safely (because of your mental health problem or for any other reason).
Mental health problems can usually be successfully managed through medication and/or psychological therapies. That’s why it’s really important to tell your midwife or doctor about your history of mental health problems, so they can sort out any treatment you may need if you become unwell again.
Some women worry that if they seek help for symptoms of mental illness, people may think they can’t care for their baby. But the opposite is true - seeking help and having treatment means you are doing the best for your baby, and this is good parenting.
Some mums expect, or perhaps feel pressured, to feel excited and blessed during pregnancy. But unfortunately it isn’t always this rosy.
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.
Myths and facts about mental health
ℹLast reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.