Of the 1,000 women surveyed, nearly two thirds (63 per cent) said their self-esteem had been negatively impacted since becoming a parent. On the other hand, the fear of the unknown was the biggest cause of worry for pregnant first-time mums (65 per cent).
Concerningly, the majority of those struggling (51 per cent) said they would turn to relatives for help before checking in with a midwife or GP.
“These stats are alarming and reveal the desperate need for the government to invest money in mental health for new mothers,” Dr. Sarah Vohra, a leading consultant psychiatrist told Metro UK. “Whilst I’m pleased and thankful there is so much more awareness of mental health issues than there was 20 years ago, we need to ensure we have resources to meet this demand.”
“If you are a new mum, perhaps a worried partner, and you are struggling pre-, peri- or post-pregnancy with negative thoughts, it is important to speak out to make sure you get the right support to get you through.”