Pregnancy news, 26/06/2017
Despite the increasing awareness of postnatal depression (PND), many mums still feel embarrassed or ashamed of talking about their mental health. Una Healy revealed that she felt exactly that as she struggled with the mounting pressure of juggling a newborn, a toddler, work, an injured husband and moving house.
Although she describes herself as being close to her mum, Una didn’t feel able to speak to her about how she was feeling. Instead, she visited her doctor who diagnosed her with PND.
Una is now urging other mums to talk more about their mental health because it wasn’t until she finally opened up to friends and family that she realised she wasn’t alone in her feelings.
‘It doesn’t happen to everyone but it does happen and it definitely shouldn’t be a taboo subject. This is the big problem with the loneliness, you can feel like the only person in the world. If you think about all the babies born every day and all the new mums, there are so many people that you’ve got things in common with out there but you’ve got to speak about it otherwise you won’t know.’
As well as talking to loved ones, Una also recommends getting out there and meeting other new mums to shake off the loneliness, and exercising to blow away the cobwebs.
She is putting both into practice by collaborating with Tommy’s and Water Babies for this year’s Splashathon. Events will be taking place at Water Babies classes across the UK this summer.
With the help of Water Babies and Una, we’re hoping to raise £1million so we can help 60,000 women access clinics at Tommy’s centres and save more babies’ lives.
‘Going to Water Babies was so helpful for me. Not only is it a vital life skill for children, but it gave me the opportunity to speak to other mums who were all going through the same issues I was.’
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Una for her support with Splashathon and for raising awareness of PND.
Find out how you can get involved with Splashathon
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