HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR PARTNER WITH ANXIETY ISSUES DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY
Depression and anxiety disorders also affect 1 in 5 women in the first year after childbirth, but what can their partner do to help?
When it comes to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed.
But sadly, 1 in 5 women develop mental illness during pregnancy or within 1 year of birth. And up to 70% of them will hide or underplay the severity of their struggles. The expectations of being the ‘perfect’ mother, as well as maintaining their own health and wellbeing can prevent many from coming forward when they’re struggling.
Jerilee Claydon clinical psychotherapist and Founder of mybabybrain.com says, ‘We’re not emotional sharers at the best of times so we are less likely to declare vulnerabilities post birth when society expects feelings of happiness and joy. A lack of sleep, which research shows can create clinical depression even in childless, healthy people after one month, married with the taboo of failure leaves an unwelcoming arena to ask for help.