Mood and Food – Nutrition During the Perinatal Period. It is now widely understood in the field of nutrition and psychiatry that the way we eat impacts our mood and mental health. Our diets also influence our gut flora/ microbiota, and we now know that our intestines produce most of our body’s serotonin, a neurotransmitter […]
Exercise in the Perinatal Period
In the perinatal period we may be prone to higher-than-normal levels of anxiety and depression. This can change how we feel about ourselves and lead to agitation, feeling stuck in brain fog, low motivation, and difficulty planning forward. This can make taking care of our bodies difficult. If we can manage to get even a […]
Perinatal intrusive thoughts, OCD & psychosis
Intrusive thoughts One of the potential symptoms of postnatal depression/ anxiety is persistent worries about the wellbeing of your baby. These might include repetitive thoughts or images about your baby being hurt or harmed in some way and this can be one of the most difficult symptoms for new parents to endure. Sometimes these thoughts […]
Supporting someone with perinatal mental health symptoms
As the support person of someone experiencing perinatal mental health issues it can be a sensitive space to find yourself. There are many things you can do to make this path easier for yourself and the person you are supporting.