When someone is pregnant, they’re going through a major life event. They might start to feel a range of emotions and this is completely natural. However, if you or someone else who is pregnant feels sad and it’s starting to affect day-to-day life, there is help available.  

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

What you Can do 

If you need support while you’re pregnant, you could consider:

  • Talking to a doctor, family member, midwife, or a friend about how you’re feeling
  • Try breathing exercises to help you feel calmer 
  • Eating a healthy diet and enjoying regular meals 
  • Attending antenatal classes so you can meet other people who are pregnant
  • Trying some physical activity as it can help you sleep while also improving your mood

Please do not compare yourself to anyone else. Everyone’s experience of pregnancy is different. 

Don’t be afraid to tell a healthcare professional how you’re feeling. They are there to help you. 

Please don’t use drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes to make yourself feel better. They can harm the baby and make you feel worse. 

Mental Health Problems and Pregnancy 

There is a range of potential mental health problems that can be experienced during pregnancy. These mental health problems can occur at any time. 

  • If you feel sad most or all of the time you may have depression
  • If you have obsessive thoughts along with compulsive behaviours you could have obsessive compulsive disorder
  • If you have nightmares, flashbacks, or feel very distressed when you’re reminded of something that happened in the past you may have post traumatic stress disorder
  • If you are very fearful of giving birth you could have Tokophobia
  • If you have sudden panic attacks or feel fearful you could have panic disorder

You can find a lot of helpful information on Mind‘s website about the causes of mental health concerns during pregnancy and where you can find support. There is pregnancy help in Selby, you are not alone. Sometimes reassurance from a doctor, midwife, or a friend can make a lot of difference. If you’re struggling, please ask for help.

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk