Anxiety can occur both during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. Pregnancy can bring about big changes in your life, especially if this is your 1st pregnancy. Some women cope with these changes, while others find it harder and every woman is different. You can equally be excited about having your baby and be anxious at the same time. It is common for some women to feel vulnerable when they are pregnant, these feelings of anxiety can happen at any time during your pregnancy. If you are struggling please speak with your GP or Midwife if you are feeling down or anxious. Your midwife will be able to provide you with support and professional advice during your pregnancy.
If you have suffered with anxiety, depression in the past, this may increase the likelihood of you suffering from anxiety and/ or depression during or after having your baby again it is vital you seek professional supports from your GP, Public Health Nurse or Nurture Health.
After your baby is born
After the birth, some new mothers experience the ‘Baby Blues’ (up to 14 days after the birth of your baby. This is a time when you may feel low and tearful. This affects many new mothers and is caused by hormonal changes in your body. This normally resolves within days. It is after this period if your anxiety levels remain high it is important to seek immediate professional supports.
Fathers can also experience anxiety and depression following the birth of a baby. If you are struggling please speak to a health professional if you have any concerns.
There is Help and Support, so please don’t be afraid to talk about how you are feeling to your Consultant , Midwife, GP, Public Health Nurse or Nurture Health. Anxiety during and after pregnancy can be progressive while early intervention & education are key to a woman’s wellness.
Below are some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.