Becoming pregnant can feel quite scary, you may be pleased to be pregnant, it may have been planned or may be more of a surprise.
The initial weeks and months of pregnancy are a time for significant psychological change for both you and those close to you (father of child/partner/family/friends).
Your thoughts and emotions may fluctuate from feeling excited and happy to negative feelings of worry, anxiety. These fluctuating feelings are normal and can depend on a variety of factors: you may be feeling sick or vomiting or have other unpleasant symptoms like not being able to sleep or feeling extremely tired.
Other factors may also affect how you feel such as:
Click through to find out more, and for resources about feelings, emotions and mental wellbeing during pregnancy:.
Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological (including gas lighting and coercive control), online or financial and is often a combination of these types. Pregnancy can be a time of increased risk of domestic abuse, and existing abuse may get worse during pregnancy or after giving birth.
This short video clip explains why we ask about domestic abuse during pregnancy.
Everyone has the right to live free from fear, violence and abuse.
Speak to your midwife, health visitor, doctor, national domestic abuse support line on 0808 2000 247 or if you are in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the police.
For further details of support and information on domestic abuse, see below:
The effects of childhood sexual abuse can last a long time and having a baby can be a particularly difficult time. If you have been abused, please do speak to your midwife.
You may also find it helpful to view the online resource which aims to help women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse to prepare for pregnancy, birth and parenthood. It shares real-life experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenthood and has been created through the collaboration of women who have experienced child sexual abuse, midwives and researchers.
There is more information about the online resource at The Survivor’s Trust and you can access the resource directly through the button below:
There is a helpline available: 08088 010818