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If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed while you are pregnant don’t suffer in silence. Talk to your partner, friend, family or midwife about it and see if that helps.

Think about what is upsetting or worrying you and if you can change anything in your life to improve things. Take time out of the day for yourself, when you relax listening to music, doing yoga, or anything that suits you.

In addition, receiving reliable information about what to expect during pregnancy and labour may help you feel more in control and relaxed about the whole situation. Antenatal classes are a great way to achieve this.

For more information, you may like to try these 12 tips for managing stress during pregnancy

Together, these measures may be enough to help you feel a lot better.

Some women, however, may have more severe feelings of anxiety or depression that last for weeks or get worse rather than better.

If this is the case the next step should be to talk to your doctor and explain exactly what is going on. They may recommend help with a counselling or other talking treatments.

For women with more severe episodes of depression they may recommend antidepressants. Although no one likes taking medication in pregnancy, for some women the benefits they can bring may outweigh these concerns.

Also your partner may be emotionally cruel to you or physically abusive. This is much more common than most people realize. If this is happening try to talk to someone about it, your midwife or doctor, and try to get the appropriate help.

You may also find it helpful to contact the following groups for more information, advice and support:

Health Talk Online

Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI)

Post Partum Support International (PSI)

Marcé Society

Tommy’s: pregnancy helpline 0800 0147 800, or email info@tommys.org


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