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Mental health Motherhood

Perinatal Mental Health #PNDAW16: It’s okay not to be okay

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Today marks the end of the first ever Pre & Post Natal Depression Awareness Week #PNDAW16 run by PANDAS (the UK's leading pre and post natal depression charity). In light of this, I wanted to share my story of perinatal mental health. My experience of perinatal mental illnesses may be slightly unusual as I have suffered from depression for almost 17 year; most of my adult life. At times, my mental health has been terrible. At other times it has been…

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Little Mister H at one month old

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Little Mister H is one month old. It is hard to believe that our sweet boy has been in our lives for only one month. I can't remember what life was like before Little Mister H was part of our family. I was sad that I never completed a baby book or made a record of Little Miss H's development. So I have decided to record how Little Mister H changes from month to month. Starting at the very beginning with Little…

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Mental health Pregnancy after baby loss

When pregnancy is a struggle

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It is difficult to admit that something you have yearned for desperately has been a struggle. Ever since Little Miss H has been a few months old, I have wanted a second baby. The miscarriages that followed just made my desperation for that child more intense. Each loss took us further away from our longed for second child. But each loss made me more determined that we needed to become a family of four.…

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Mental health Motherhood Pregnancy after baby loss

Pregnancy after miscarriage: Surviving the first trimester

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Now I am 20 weeks pregnant, I find it easier to look back at the first trimester of my pregnancy. It was a tough time. I was worried and anxious every second of every day. I had bad dreams, cried lots and generally didn't want to do much more than sit on the sofa or sleep. It is probably wrong to say that I survived the first trimester of this pregnancy. I somehow managed to drag my way through it. And although I…

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Motherhood Pregnancy after baby loss

Pregnancy after miscarriage: Our first trimester

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I am now 18 weeks pregnant. This is my sixth pregnancy. And it is my fourth pregnancy after miscarriage. It is only now, at 18 weeks pregnant that I am beginning to relax a little and enjoy the pregnancy. I know that I will not be able to stop worrying until we have our baby at home. I wish that I could say that I breezed through the first trimester. That I was ecstatic when I saw that I was pregnant and…

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Mental health Motherhood

Living with long-term depression: Deciding to become a parent

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Deciding to have children is a tough decision at the best of times. Deciding to start a family when you have a long-term illness and take regular medication is another thing altogether. Having long-term depression and taking medication does not preclude women from having children. I am living proof of this. That is why I want to share my story.…

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