Most women go through pregnancy and the first year after giving birth without any mental health problems, but some women do have some difficulties. These are the same as for women who aren’t pregnant or haven’t recently given birth, but they can develop differently at this time.
Pregnancy and the first year after giving birth are periods of great adjustment. Emotions and social, financial and physical demands can be difficult to manage. You may feel more anxious and ‘down’ than usual, so healthcare professionals (including your midwife, health visitor and GP) should ask you about your mental health. Here is a useful leaflet to help you if you need more information, and the NHS provides some very useful advice here.