How to Stay Mentally Healthy for You and Your Baby

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It is surprisingly common to experience mental health issues in the perinatal period, with 1 in 8 mums and 1 in 10 dads experiencing perinatal depression or anxiety, either during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after birth.

Mental ill-health has been proven to negatively impact infant development, so both the parent and their baby can suffer if mental health is not actively managed.

According to Black Swan Health’s experienced Psychologists, one way you can stay mentally healthy is by connecting with other parents through activities or support groups, for mutual support and reassurance in stressful times.

You can also maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Even small improvements can boost your energy, mood and immune system, so you’re better able to deal with the everyday stressors of early parenthood.

For more tips, download this Perinatal Wellbeing Infographic.

If you feel that you aren’t coping, the most important thing you can do for your mental wellbeing is to seek help from loved ones or a mental health professional, like one of Black Swan Health’s experienced Psychologists. Find out more here or get in touch today to receive practical advice and professional support with perinatal wellbeing.