The importance of your mental health
‘Starting well and staying well’ is never more important than in the area of your mental health. Mental health during pregnancy and the post-partum period is not only important for maintaining your own health, but also for promoting bonding with your baby, family well-being and optimising the long term growth and development of your children.
The many changes that women experience during pregnancy and after birth may place some of them at risk of developing depression, anxiety or other less common mental health conditions. Women who have had a mental health condition before, or who have a complicated pregnancy, are more vulnerable to mental health issues during pregnancy. However, it is important to realise that mental health problems can happen to anyone during pregnancy, including partners.
You might like to take the two minute "mental health checklist for mums" here at beyondblue. More information on perinatal mental health can be found in the links below.