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PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Explore the support available to expecting parents during pregnancy

Support available to you throughout pregnancy

Your mental health is as important as your physical health. The mental health and wellbeing of mums, dads, partners and carers is also important for the development of your baby. Poor mental health can impact a parent’s ability to bond with their baby. This is why it is important that parents and carers have their own needs met so they can meet the needs of their baby. 

Pregnancy and the period after birth is an exciting and challenging at the same time for all new parents. It can be especially challenging if parents have experienced trauma or an unexpected event in childbirth or their baby’s development. For others, pregnancy can cause or exacerbate mental health conditions. This is why health visitors, midwives and other practitioners working with families, such as social workers, have a role in identifying mental health needs. 

There's lots of information on mental health and pregnancy on the Start4Life website if you click here. 

Healthier relationships: Me, you and baby too

Your local Family Hub runs a range of activities that are completely free of charge to take part in. Designed to help parents, co-parents and carers communicate well and manage stress together, 'healthier relationships' sessions are suitable for parents with children of any age up to 16 years.

 

For expecting parents, our digital support package 'Me, You and Baby Too' is aimed at expecting and new parents. Find out more about 'Me, you and baby too' by clicking here.

Other useful links

For more advice and tips on coping with emotional changes, stress and anxiety during (and after) pregnancy, have a look at the following links below which take you to other websites: 

Explore other services available through pregnancy and birth

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PREGNANCY 

Useful information when trying for a baby and having a healthy pregnancy

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PREGNANCY FAQS

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about pregnancy and birth on the Start4Life website

Pregnancy

SUPPORT DURING PREGNANCY

Explore links, advice and support about pregnancy

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WEEK-BY-WEEK GUIDE

Better understand your pregnancy with this week-by-week guide 

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MIDWIFERY 

Midwifery services available to support new parents and their babies

Baby Sleeping

PREPARING FOR SAFE SLEEPING

Safer sleeping information from the Lullaby Trust

Pregnant Woman

SMOKING, ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCES

Alcohol or substance misuse and stop smoking support

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STAYING HEALTHY IN PREGNANCY

How to look after yourself and your developing baby

Pregnancy

SYMPTOMS AND COMPLICATIONS

Common symptoms and complications in pregnancy

Cheerful Pregnant Woman

BADGER NOTES APP

About Badger Net and Badger Notes' digital pregnancy care record

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PREPARING FOR LABOUR AND BIRTH

Useful information and tips for labour and birth

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VACCINATIONS IN PREGNANCY

Recommended vaccinations during pregnancy on the NHS website 

Mothers and their Baby

PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mental health and wellbeing for parents, partners and carers 

Online Shopping

BENEFITS & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Useful tips and information about benefits and finance

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