Emotional Wellbeing

Having a baby and becoming a parent is a major life event, usually accompanied by changes to your home life, social life and relationship. Parents of a new baby experience a variety of emotions after the birth. You may feel happy and proud of yourself, or just relieved that the birth is over.

Whether this is your first, second or third baby, parenthood is very demanding both physically and emotionally, particularly in the early weeks.

It can be difficult to find time for yourself, your partner or your family when you have the 24 hour demands of a new baby to deal with. Meeting the needs of a baby can be rewarding, but during pregnancy and in the weeks and months following the birth of a baby, it is normal to sometimes feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Try not to expect too much of yourself, or if you are in a relationship, your partner.

It is likely during the first few weeks and months of parenthood you will feel a mixture of emotions. It is very important you talk honestly to your partner, friends or family about how you feel.

In reality becoming and being a parent means constantly experiencing new events and carrying out tasks we are not sure we can manage. A new set of skills to cope with these situations have to be learnt.

Tommy’s website offers tips for improving mental wellbeing.

www.perinatalpositivity.org website has a selection of videos which use the real voices and experiences of women and men who have had wellbeing difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.