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.
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 ‘Baby Steps’ course and an online form to apply.
Little Minds Matter
Having a baby can make you feel happy, sad, or worried. You might need support for lots of different reasons.
If you live in the Bradford district, Little Minds Matter can support you and your family to get the best possible start in life.
We are a small specialist team, with people from a range of backgrounds who can help you to:
- Think about your relationship with 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
The team will try to see you face-to-face at a time and place that suits you, including home visits or clinics in community venues. If that’s not possible, they’ll arrange to contact you through video or phone.
How to contact Little Minds Matter
You can contact the team Monday to Friday for an initial friendly chat:
Tel: 07766 568407
Family Action Perinatal Support Service
If you feel down, anxious or lonely during pregnancy, Family Action's Perinatal Support Service have peer supporters and trained volunteers with parenting and mental health 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.
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 other Mental Health and Well-Being pages which provides information if you need help more urgently, and all the local services that can support you.