Pregnancy news, 13/02/2017
With over 2 million followers, it’s the endless sunsets and dreamy beach snaps that make Jessica’s Instagram account (@tuulavintage) the ultimate go-to for aspirational travel fans. But the social media star recently revealed that her pregnancy has been far from picture-perfect.
In a powerful Instagram post Jessica has opened up about the ‘highs and lows that so many experience with challenging pregnancies.’ She writes openly about her struggle with antenatal depression and how having a high risk pregnancy has affected her mental health.
Not only has she candidly described how difficult she's found it being diagnosed with PPROM (Waters breaking early) at 20 weeks: ‘I don’t know the words to describe how hopeless I felt… not being able to control my own body, provide for my baby or see hope that we would make it through.’
But she also speaks about how isolating she has found the experience: ‘Despite my partner being a rock of support and positivity, I have found these last few months to be some of the loneliest of my life.’
We admire Jessica for bravely speaking out about such a personal matter. When a pregnancy is high risk it can be an anxious and difficult time for parents and can feel far from the happy experience you may have hoped for.
Our midwife Sophie explains:
‘With high risk pregnancies there is often a level of uncertainty about the wellbeing of mother, baby or both. This can be stressful and cause anxiety that may make high risk mums more likely to suffer mental health issues in pregnancy like antenatal depression. Pregnancy can be an emotional roller coaster and 1 in 10 women suffer mental health issues in pregnancy. Even if you’re pregnancy isn’t high risk, if you’re feeling worried or low it’s important to talk to your midwife or doctor. They can help you to get the additional support you need and whether it’s more contact appointments with your midwife, or a referral to support services, it might make all the difference in helping you to feel less anxious.’
We admire Jessica for speaking so openly about her high risk pregnancy and experience of antenatal depression. We hope her message will help women going through the same to feel less alone, and encourage mums to seek support with their mental wellbeing when they are feeling low.
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