Copywriter AnneMarie McDonnell explores the relationship between nutrition and mental health during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, please read our disclaimer before continuing. This article is for general information purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
Natalie Hanley is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner who started Tidy Mind Doodles because, ironically, she found that she wasn’t looking after her own mental health: ‘I was telling patients one thing, but not really following through on my own advice.’
Second time round you're supposed to be more prepared. You're supposed to feel a sense of ‘I know what's coming and I can handle it’, and to some extent, it’s true. But, for me, it was almost like ripping a plaster off a wound that I didn't even know was there.
As if giving birth isn’t challenging enough, women who welcomed babies during the COVID-19 pandemic did so under difficult circumstances. So it comes as no surprise that new mothers in the UK experienced worryingly high rates of depression and anxiety during the first lockdown.
We’ve heard about the illnesses you can be diagnosed with, or the labels you can choose to identify with. Motherdom brings you stories from mums and dads who’ve been through ‘mental ill health’, as well as advice from leading experts in the field.
When my daughter was eight months old she had a severe allergic reaction; it was a scary experience. She was fine after we rushed her to A&E, but I wasn’t prepared for was what was going to happen to me in the days and weeks after.