Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Recognize and support maternal mental health

Shadow of two individuals standing back to back holding babyEvery year during the first week of May we recognize Mental Health Week in Canada.  This week is meant to help the public learn, share, and promote the important issue of mental health.

May 2 is World Maternal Mental Health Day

On this day, organizations from around the world are making efforts to recognize and promote the importance of maternal mental health through social media and in-country events.   Help us spread the word and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. #maternalMHmatters

Did you know?

  • Depression is the number one complication of childbirth
  • 1 in 5 women experience mental health concerns before and after the birth or adoption of their baby
  • Over 75% of women don’t get diagnosed and don’t receive proper treatment and support
  • Symptoms can start during the pregnancy and last from weeks to months after the baby is born
  • Depression and anxiety can get worse if there is no support and treatment
  • Fathers can also experience stress and depression after the birth of a baby.

Having a baby is an exciting time, but also comes with new roles, hopes, and expectations for women and their partners.  Day to day routines like going to work, going out for dinner, to the gym, and getting a full night sleep can change after a baby arrives.  For some, this can cause feelings of exhaustion, loss of self, and loneliness.

Other things that may cause some difficulty coping with a new baby include:

  • Changing body shape after giving birth
  • Previous miscarriages
  • Fertility treatment
  • Difficult labour and birth
  • Partner who is depressed or anxious

It’s important for families to become aware of the signs and symptoms and to get help.

Remember…you deserve to feel better.

You can learn how to feel better faster by connecting with our Public Health Nurse via eChat or by calling (416) 338-7600.

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