All posts tagged: pregnancy support

Mental Health In Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a huge time of change and while it can be full of happiness, excitement and hope, it can also be a time of anxiety, stress, worries and low mood. Some of these issues can be very manageable but some pregnant women can struggle and they may need some additional support throughout pregnancy. Mental health in pregnancy can be affected by a number of issues which include: pre-existing mental health issues, lack of support, fear, stressful situations, pregnancy after loss, worries about pregnancy complications, health problems and having no-one to talk with about some of these issues. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, depression and anxiety are the most common mental health issues during pregnancy, affecting 10-15 in every 100 pregnant women. There are some things you can do which might ease anxiety/depression, or help you manage it better… *Try to eat regularly and as healthily as possible*Rest and sleep*Talk to people – partner, friends, practitioner or therapist*Exercise: it doesn’t have to be anything strenuous – a walk can help to boost …

A qualified and experienced practitioner…

I am really proud of my professional qualifications – I worked hard with 2 small children to train to work with parents in pregnancy, for birth and during the first year with their baby. And I have supplemented these qualifications with additional training to provide different services such as baby massage, a doula service and 1:1 support for parents of older children. And I am incredibly proudĀ of my work with parents – since 2002 I have provided group and 1:1 sessions for thousands of local parents. It’s not just about knowledge and expertise, it’s about listening, empathy and reassurance; it’s about providing a supportive space where parents can talk openly and with confidence about their worries and about any challenges they are experiencing; it’s about conversation, friendships and easing isolation and it’s about personalised support with discussion, empowerment and trying different coping strategies rather than quick fixes and unrealistic expectations. Parent support and wellbeing is important to me, it is the foundation of my work. Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent can be a time …