The Duchess of Cambridge speaks out about maternal mental health

‘It is vital to be open about our mental health,’ says Catherine.

Pregnancy news, 28/03/17

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken out about the importance of mental wellbeing during pregnancy and the early years of parenthood.

Speaking at the launch of a new mental health campaign by Best Beginnings, Catherine says, ‘It is right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains. It’s okay to not find it easy, and asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness.’

She continues, ‘Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge, even for me who has support at home which most mothers do not.'

‘Two in ten women will suffer mental health issues that can occur during pregnancy and the year after birth, often clouding their moments of joy with a real sense of darkness and isolation. Many of these women also suffer in silence. Overwhelmed by negative feelings, but also afraid to admit to the struggles they may be facing due to the fear of shame of what others might think of them not coping. Some of this fear is about the pressure to be the perfect parent, pretending we’re all coping perfectly and loving every minute of it,’ she says.

We think it’s great that the Duchess of Cambridge is a vocal advocate of maternal mental health issues through her work with Best Beginnings and Heads Together. While we all dream of floating serenely through pregnancy and early motherhood, the reality is often somewhat different. 

We encourage mums and mums-to-be to seek support from their GP and midwife if they are experiencing difficulties. All our information on maternal mental wellbeing can be found here.

Visit Best Beginnings to hear Catherine's speech in full.

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