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Have you had a mental health problem before?

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Have you had depression, anxiety or another mental health problem before? Just because you have dealt with these feelings before doesn’t mean you won’t be a fantastic mum!

 

But it’s really important that you talk to your doctor about this when you find out you’re pregnant - or now, if you haven’t told them already.

 

Pregnancy and parenting can be stressful and things like depression, anxiety and psychosis can happen again during this time. 

 

This isn’t something you should get scared about. Talking to your doctor and putting a few things in place will make you more confident that you can handle everything coming your way.

 

I just dont want to talk about it… 

A lot of people who’ve had a mental illness would rather not talk about it - and that’s understandable. Here are some reasons why talking to your doctor is a good idea:

  1. You need to check out what medication is the best to take when you’re pregnant and breastfeeding
  2. Your doctor can help early if you need it
  3. Being prepared will help you be the best mum you can be

 

Your doctor might suggest that you talk to someone like a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

 

It can also be a good idea to talk to someone you trust, like your partner, a family member or a good mate. If they know how things have been for you in the past then they can look out for you better now.

 

Last time I talked to someone it didn’t help…

If you’ve had a bad experience talking about mental health stuff in the past then you might want to check out this page.