Your midwife will be able to give you advice and support on your postnatal wellbeing, including eating healthily, vitamins, fitness and contraception.
The links below will provide you with information surrounding these subjects.
Our community nutrition section provides useful information about nutrition at all ages.
Being a new mum is an exciting time, but it certainly isn’t easy. All new mums experience a mix of emotions and changes as they get used to life with a new baby. Even at the best of times it isn’t unusual to feel low in mood, more anxious or both. Coronavirus has added a whole new thing to deal with. But there are lots of things you can do and support available to help you look after yourself. Remember, looking after your mental health is important for both you and your baby.
Maternal Mental Health
Over half of new mothers experience the ‘baby blues’ feeling low, anxious, and irritable. These feelings occur as your hormones are adjusting to not being pregnant anymore. Normally these feelings stop by the time your baby is 10 days old.
Postnatal depression is when you have the same feelings as above and feel unhappy, but these feelings may last for weeks or months after the birth of your baby. Depression can affect women in many different ways and can vary from mild to severe. You may have mood swings, overreact to things and burst into tears easily.
If you don’t feel right or if you have some of the signs of depression then speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP.
Postnatal depression can be treated. It is important to speak to someone to find the right help and to get treatment as soon as possible.
Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent problems with incontinence and prolapse during pregnancy, after the birth and later in life. Information is available from the link below.
Buggy walking groups are available around the Falkirk and Stirling areas and are led by trained leaders. Buggy walks will give you the opportunity to get ‘out and about’ and chat to other new Mums.
Smoke Free Homes
NHS Forth Valley are committed to making sure that children are protected from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. The link below will provide you with information to help keep your home and car smoke free.
- Take it right outside (NHS Inform)