maternal mental health

What is Perinatal Mental Health?

Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Miscarriage, and Birth Trauma.

1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads experience perinatal anxiety or depression. This can develop at any time from pregnancy and beyond 12 months. Postpartum is forever.

Signs of perinatal anxiety and depression

*List from SANE Australia

  • persistent, generalised worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of the baby
  • the development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours
  • abrupt mood swings, or feeling constantly sad, low, or crying for no obvious reason
  • having little or no interest in all the normal things that bring joy
  • withdrawing from friends and family
  • finding it difficult to focus, concentrate or remember
  • having thoughts of death or suicide
  • increased sensitivity to noise or touch
  • changes in appetite: under or overeating
  • sleep problems unrelated to the baby’s needs
  • loss of confidence and lowered self-esteem
  • fear of being alone with baby
  • intrusive thoughts of harm to yourself or baby
  • increased alcohol or drug use
  • agitation
  • frustration
  • outbursts of anger or rage
  • feelings of shame or guilt


There is no single cause and there are a number of risk factors such as hormonal changes, birth trauma, stress, isolation, and previous history of mental health struggles.

Seeking Support

It's a vulnerable place to be when struggling with parenthood and your mental health. Recognising, seeking, and accepting help is an important part of supporting your mental health and wellbeing. Talking with a trusted mental health professional who 'gets it' can make a world of difference. Book a counselling session with Crystal below.