Study shows 28% of new mums felt embarrassed about their mental health issues

A new study has surveyed over 2300 women about their experiences of mental health issues during and after pregnancy.

Pregnancy blog, 28/02/17

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has published the results of its survey of over 2300 women and their experiences of mental health during and after pregnancy. In the survey, 81% of women had experienced a maternal mental health problem, ranging from low mood to depression. But 28% said they felt embarrassed about their experiences.

Talk to someone

We want to reassure mums experiencing emotional difficulties not to feel ashamed or stigmatised by their feelings. In fact, we launched our #TalkToSomeone campaign in 2015 for this very reason!

There can be an expectation from society that pregnancy is a time of joy and fulfilment. But it’s very common to have a problem with your mental health at this time. It’s not your fault, and health professionals won’t judge you for having these feelings.

If you are worried about how you’re feeling, talk to your midwife or doctor. They are used to helping women who are experiencing mental health problems. They are there to support you not to judge you.

Advice from Tommy’s midwife, Jo

Here’s our midwife Jo explaining what to expect when you talk to your midwife about your mental wellbeing.

Our Wellbeing Plan

The Wellbeing Plan is a two-page plan, developed by Tommy’s and endorsed by NICE, that helps you start thinking about how you feel and what support you might need in your pregnancy and after the birth.

Download the wellbeing plan here

Whether you want to know more about specific mental health conditions or pregnancy wobbles, you can explore all our information on mental wellbeing here.

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