I have already got a mental health diagnosis…

Midwives and others in your care team are there to support you with your emotional health as well as your physical health. It is essential for your midwife to know if you're feeling very low or anxious in your pregnancy so they can support you and your baby's wellbeing.

Anxiety in pregnancy

Some women can start feeling very low emotionally leading to depression in pregnancy as a result of having anxiety. 13% of pregnant women experience anxiety...

Panic attacks

Panic attacks are very different for each person; some people might know what triggers them whilst for some, the attack comes randomly and without warning.

Tokophobia

Tokophobia is a diagnosed extreme fear of pregnancy and birth, which affects around 1 in 10 women. NICE describes it as "an intense anxiety or fear of pregnancy and childbirth."...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

If you are involved in or witness a traumatic event, it is a normal reaction to feel upset, confused and distressed. However sometimes, you do not get over this stress reaction...

Bipolar disorder - Pregnancy and Childbirth

Bipolar disorder is a diagnosed mental health illness. It affects your mood, with the person experiencing periods of feeling high or manic and feeling low or depressive...

Postpartum Psychosis - PP

Postpartum psychosis is a psychiatric emergency and the symptoms of PP can get worse very quickly, so it should be treated as a medical emergency and most likely require hospital treatment...

Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective disorder and pregnancy

Schizophrenia is a mental health diagnosis given that is uncommon and there is usually a family history. Sufferers will generally have their first episode in their late teens or early twenties...

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Pregnancy

OCD is a mental health condition when a person has obsessive thoughts and has a compulsion to do an activity. An obsession is thoughts, images and urges or doubts that are unwelcome but repeatedly appear in the mind...

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