A mental health and anxiety guide for new mums and mums-to-be (and their partners!) is a 29-page ebook written by a mother of three with lived experience of postnatal anxiety, panic and OCD symptoms. It is a resource, reflection and includes personal narratives, to explore how pregnancy and motherhood can affect mental health and wellbeing.
The term ‘perinatal’ covers pregnancy through the first year after birth. It’s a transitional time and many women don’t realise, or consciously think about, the ways in which becoming a mother will impact them. The focus is often on the baby and their needs – the best carseat, how many baby grows they will need, and so on – that women forget (or don’t have the tools) to prepare themselves for the emotional and psychological changes that come as a result of having a new baby to care for. This ebook attempts to address some of the gaps in women’s knowledge, with the intention of supporting mothers to have informed and healthy experiences.
Postnatal depression is far more commonly discussed than other perinatal mental health problems, which is why the focus of this ebook is on anxiety and the various, and sometimes lessser known, ways that it presents. Knowledge is empowering, with it you can be better prepared to help yourself and also know when and where to ask for more help if you need it.
*This ebook was written with mums in mind, however it would be valuable reading for partners or anyone else within a mother’s support system – because sometimes starting a difficult conversation is the hardest part of all.
What you’ll find inside of A mental health and anxiety guide for new mums and mums-to-be (and their partners!):
An introduction to matrescence and the fact that it’s normal to experience emotional and psychological changes after childbirth
Information on various anxiety disorders
A personal narrative of anxiety, panic and OCD symptoms
An exploration of difficult subjects like intrusive thoughts
Resilience-building activities and suggestions on how you can build your own mental health toolbox
General wellbeing tips
Advice on accessing further support for mental health issues
A curated directory of further resources
…. and more!