Mental Health and Well-Being In Pregnancy

Your Mental Health and Well-Being in Pregnancy

It’s completely normal to have times when you are worried or anxious when you’re pregnant. Try to share any concerns with your partner, friends or family. Whatever you're worried about, don't bottle it up – you are important and there is help available if you need it.

Your mental health and well-being is just as important as your physical health.

Self-Help Support for you

Tommy's ‘You are your baby's mum’ tool helps you create a wellbeing plan for your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

If you'd like help and information on taking care of yourself specifically during pregnancy, have a look at Tommy's mental wellbeing page.

Did you know?

We also have a FREE course for parents who are expecting a baby to help with:

  • some of the difficulties many new parents experience, which can lead to depression and/or problems within relationships.
  • exploring hopes and fears for the future after having children.
  • improving bonding and having a better understanding of what your baby needs and wants.
  • Improving the health for mum and baby both in pregnancy and after giving birth.

Visit our parenting programmes page for more information about the ‘Welcome to the World’ course and an online form to apply.

Do you live in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor or Little Horton?

If you feel down, anxious or lonely during pregnancy, Family Action's Perinatal Peer Support Service have trained volunteers with parenting experience who understand the challenges.

They can support your emotional health and wellbeing by providing a listening ear, offering advice and helping you take part in local groups and activities.

To find out more or request support, contact Family Action by email at, or call 07966 926849


Some people have overwhelming feelings or feelings that just don’t go away, and this can be a sign of something more serious. If you're concerned about how you're feeling, you can always talk to your midwife or doctor, and they will be able to direct you to the help you need.

If you have a history of mental health issues and are pregnant, or have a baby under one your GP, midwife or health visitor can refer you to the Specialist Mother and Baby Mental Health Service.  This leaflet gives you all the information you need.

You can also visit our Mental Health and Well-Being pages which provides information if you need help more urgently, and all the local services that can support you.

Little Minds Matter

Are you having a baby or have a child under two? Little Minds Matter can support you and your family to get the best possible start in life.

Do you live in a Better start area (Bowling, Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton) or live/are registered with a GP in BD1, BD2, BD3, BD5, BD7, BD8 or BD9?

We have practitioners from many different backgrounds who can offer a range of support on things including:

  • Explore the challenges that having a new baby can bring
  • Think about your relationship with your baby
  • Support you to play with and talk to your baby
  • Talk through concerns you may have about your baby
  • Consider the thoughts and experiences of your baby
  • Think about how your previous experiences are affecting you now
  • Build your enjoyment and confidence in being a parent

How to contact Little Minds Matter

You can contact the team Monday to Friday for an initial friendly chat:

Tel: 07766 568407

If you live outside the areas listed above, please talk to your GP, midwife, health visitor, mental health practitioner or other health and social care professional. You may want to let them know how you’re feeling and get some extra support.