maternal mental health

I believe that physical activity played a huge role in my recovery
Being Maternal Mental Health week, this has given me reason to reflect on my own experience and how now, as I feel I am fairly
I never thought I would ever have to consider my mental health. I’ve always been chipper, always coped with whatever life
Once upon a time there was a woman who wanted a child. She had longed for this child for years. This woman had always known she had wanted to be a mother and was sure with every fibre in her body that she was going to be a great one
Labouring for over two days ended in the call for a category one (highest level) emergency caesarean. Nothing in my mental preparation had imagined my birthing room being suddenly rushed by medical staff with such a sense of urgency and panic, being sped down a corridor on a trolley to be prepped for surgery and have your baby pulled out within 15 minutes of the call being made.
When I was preparing to become a new mum I was totally "prepared". I'd read all the baby books, blogs and magazines, researched all the "must have" accessories and I knew exactly what I should be eating and the exercise I should be doing to keep myself physically fit and healthy.
I know that you want the best for your precious baby. You've spent nine gruelling months providing a safe and comfortable home for the life you and your partner created together. The physical changes, aches and pains and the emotional rollercoaster ride is a challenge for even the most straightforward of pregnancies.
The people around me knew there was a difference but couldn't quite put their finger on it I had a baby, right? Sleep deprivation has a lot to answer for.
all women everywhere Luciana Berger is the Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree and president of Labour's Campaign for Mental Health. In this vlog for The Huffington Post UK, filmed on International Women's Day, Luciana talks about the importance of caring for women's mental health as they go through pregnancy and childbirth, bereavement care for parents who lose their children, and why we cannot let mums feel like they have nowhere to turn.
all women everywhere We must address the stigma associated with mental health. We heard from many women that they fear being seen as a 'bad mother' and having their child taken away from them. Women are frequently made to feel guilty that they're not the 'perfect mother.
'The NHS is letting some of the most vulnerable women in our society down.'
Only 7% of women who experienced mental health problems during or after pregnancy in the last five years were referred to
As a mum who went into Motherhood (wrongly) assuming that PND only happened to mothers who had a history of mental health problems, that it was something that happened to women who were not "strong' enough, that it meant they hated their children, I know firsthand how dangerous these misconceptions can be.
I am incredibly proud and relieved to tell you that not only did I complete my personal mission of putting these demons to bed I actually managed to light the touch paper underneath every single one of them and watch as they want up in smoke and disappeared forever. You see, what I have come to realise in all its beautiful glory is that my illness and this geographical place are two separate entities that exist independently of each other. It is just a place. I am no longer ill.
Was there a time when you were pregnant, or after you gave birth, that you felt so horrendously sh*t and just wanted someone to talk too? But you were either too afraid to say what was on your mind or no one asked you how you were really feeling? If you're nodding yes, you really aren't the only one.
Everyday felt like a real struggle, but I learned to put a brave face on for everyone. I was so ashamed that I kept these feelings to myself, until they all spilled out to my husband one afternoon. My breaking point was during a holiday with family and friends. If I couldn't be happy there, I didn't know how I could ever be.
During my pregnancy I saw at least eight different healthcare professionals over dozens of appointments mostly relating to my mental health and the dramatic downward spiral that becoming unexpectedly pregnant had caused it to take.
More than ever we require an official set of guidelines so that pregnant women with mental health issues are not given conflicting medical opinions which have the potential to cause serious harm.
My idea of what my pregnancy would be like in no way matched up with the reality of extreme morning sickness, SPD and an inability to cope with life in general. Being pregnant didn't help me to work through my issues, it magnified them to the extent that most days I struggled to get out of bed.
I found anything to do with planning for Squidge's arrival incredibly difficult and stressful but in hindsight I'm glad that I made the plans that I did. These are are the things that I learned from making my own birth plan and from making preparations at home.