We’re parents too – here at Mum & You we’re a company of mums and dads. So, we’re here to talk about the important things about parenthood.
Maternal mental health is a critical issue that affects millions of mothers worldwide. Globally, approximately 10% of women experience mental health problems during pregnancy, and 13% of women experience postpartum depression. Maternal mental health includes a range of conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis, and can have a significant impact on a mother’s emotional, social, and physical well-being.
There are various risk factors that can contribute to maternal mental health issues, including hormonal changes during pregnancy and after childbirth, sleep deprivation, and lack of social support. Additionally, a history of mental health problems, stressful life events, and a difficult pregnancy or childbirth can also increase the likelihood of developing maternal mental health conditions.
Maternal mental health awareness week talks about mental problems before, during and after pregnancy. It’s organised and led by MMHA member the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK (PMHP UK), with the first awareness week being in 2014.
The theme of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 is ‘Together in a changing world’. There’s also daily themes such as:
Monday – Starting the conversation about perinatal mental health
Tuesday – Shining the spotlight on support
Wednesday – World Maternal Mental Health Day #StrongerTogether
Thursday – Healthcare professionals hub to support healing
Friday – Perinatal positivity pot
Saturday – Support for all families
Sunday – Recap and reflect
There are several effective treatments available for maternal mental health conditions, including talk therapy, medication, and support groups. It is crucial to seek help from a healthcare professional if you or someone you know is experiencing maternal mental health issues. With proper treatment and support, mothers can recover and lead happy, healthy lives with their children. It is essential to raise awareness about this critical issue to ensure that all mothers receive the care they need and deserve.
Last year we spoke with Dr Lindsay McMillan about all things maternal mental health. Read the blog here.