Looking after your own and your baby’s mental health

If you are feeling low or think you may need or want some help

There are lots of women in Somerset that experience this during and after pregnancy. There is support available for you to help you overcome this period and enjoy the future more.

It’s not always easy to know what emotions and feelings are ‘normal’ and when you may need some help. If you think there is something out of the ordinary then it is important to speak to someone early and not bottle up your feelings.

  • Talk to your partner, your family or a friend. Sometimes it makes you feel better just to share your concerns
  • Talk to your doctor, midwife or health visitor
  • Contact organisations that are part of the ‘ Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • In an emergency dial 999

You can find further support services and information here

Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women, and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, it can have significant and long lasting effects on the woman and her family. Perinatal mental health problems can also have long-standing effects on children’s emotional, social and cognitive development. NHS England (2017)