Are you pregnant or do you have a baby or very young child? Are you experiencing some difficulties with coping with this at the moment? You are not alone. Emotional difficulties that impact significantly on day-to-day life affect more than 1 in 10 women during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth. Fathers are also vulnerable to experiencing emotional difficulties during the time of their partner’s pregnancy and after the birth.
What difficulties can we help with?
Pregnancy and the period of time after your child is born can result in a number of significant emotional changes for the whole family. In many cases this is a beneficial process which brings about new and welcome experiences for everyone involved. However sometimes during this period common mental health difficulties such as low mood and anxiety can arise.
Some of the symptoms of low mood and anxiety to look out for when pregnant or new to parenthood include:
- Getting less enjoyment out of things including lack of enjoyment from your baby and in parenting.
- Not feeling bonded with your baby (this includes whilst pregnant).
- Worrying often
- Feeling wound up and unable to relax
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling low and hopeless
- Lacking in energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Getting annoyed easily
- Feelings of guilt
- Feeling overwhelmed (“This is too much”)
- Increased irritability, poor communication and conflict within your most intimate relationships
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Click here to also read about the specific kinds of anxiety problems that we help people with in addition to more general stress and worry.
How can TalkingSpace Plus help?
TalkingSpace Plus offers therapies that are known to be effective for many people experiencing anxiety and/or low mood. We offer therapy in a variety of ways and will offer you what we think is appropriate given the nature and severity of your difficulties. Click here to find out more about what is available.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will appointments take place?
We recognise that time is tight for new parents and that is why our appointments are flexible to fit with your busy schedule and childcare arrangements. We currently see people Monday through to Friday with some early morning appointments available and some late afternoon appointments. Some of our short courses run in the evenings.
Will I need to take medication?
Your GP is responsible for prescribing and advising on use of medication during pregnancy and after child birth. We will ask you whether you are taking any medication. This will not impact on whether we offer you treatment.
Can I bring my baby to appointments?
We offer a range of ways of accessing therapeutic help. Some you can do from the privacy of your own home (e.g. on-line therapy programmes, telephone support calls) and others will require you to come and see us at a community venue (e.g. at a GP surgery). We will be able to talk to you about bringing your baby with you to any appointments and whether this is okay depending on what we offer and your circumstances.
Will my information be shared with anyone else?
We need to keep information about you to help us provide the best possible care for you. The information you provide is kept on a secure electronic clinical recording system, accessible only to TalkingSpace Plus staff.
TalkingSpace Plus is required to use the information that you give us in accordance with the law and for health related purposes. We take patient confidentiality very seriously and only share information with those who have a genuine need to know, such as your GP or other people who provide care to you from organisations outside of the NHS (who also have a legal requirement to keep this information confidential).
There are some times when we are not able to keep your information confidential, for example if we become concerned about your safety or the safety of your child (born or unborn) or another person. Where possible we will discuss with you if we need to share your information with other organisations beforehand and consider the necessary steps to provide support to ensure the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others.
Last updated: 27 March, 2015