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Mental health and wellbeing in pregnancy

Emotional highs and lows are natural and normal when you're pregnant. Most women have good mental health during their pregnancy, though some find it harder to manage.

You can help yourself stay mentally well while pregnant and preparing for the birth of your baby. 

It's normal to experience worries

Being pregnant and becoming a parent:

  • is an enormous change
  • takes time to get used to
  • brings enormous differences, from work and social life to relationships and finances.

You might worry about:

  • how you'll cope
  • whether you'll be a good enough parent
  • labour and giving birth 
  • felling alone or unsupported
  • bonding with your baby.

It's no wonder there'll be times when you feel like you're on an emotional roller coaster.

Remember, though, you're not alone. Dads and partners can feel the same. 

Discussing problems

Some women have mental health problems for the first time during pregnancy, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety, including panic and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • tokophobia - an extreme fear of giving birth.

Try to share how you're feeling with someone you trust, and talk about the things that are worrying you. 

If you think things aren't right or you're starting to feel anxious or low, talk to your midwife and ask for help.

If you have a mental health condition, the earlier you get help and support the better. With the right support there's every chance you'll recover well. 

All pregnant women have physical checks at antenatal appointments and some mental health checks. They could be conversations about how you're feeling or a questionnaire.

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership’s specialist perinatal mental health team, covering Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire, re-launched the Every Mum Matters campaign in January 2022. Every Mum Matters supports new and expectant mums and their families to be able to recognise symptoms of perinatal mental health problems early and encourages them to seek help quickly. which offers guidance and signposting for further help. A video has been created featuring women affected by mental health issues during and after pregnancy and can be accessed here  

You can visit the Every Mum Matters pages on this website for more information, support, and advice. 

Please share your experiences of mental health checks and the mental health support you receive with your Maternity Voices Partnership.

Existing mental health conditions

Women who have existing mental health conditions may find the severity of their condition changes during pregnancy. Again this may be due to changes in hormone levels, or changes in your medications that have been advised by your midwife or GP, or just the added anxiety a pregnancy can bring on top of an existing condition.

Please ensure any people who work with you around existing mental health problems are made aware of your pregnancy. If you have not yet checked with your GP around medications, do this as soon as possible. 

If you are the partner of someone with existing mental health conditions they may need your support with attending antenatal appointments and managing new medications. 

For more information, please click here.

Local mental health support services

NEL Lincs Maternal Wellbeing Poster 181223For women and birthing people living in North East Lincolnshire, a Maternal Wellbeing Service was launched by North East Lincolnshire Council in December 2023. 

It is a free, friendly and motivational service that can support you with your Wellbeing before, during and after your pregnancy. It will help you to set wellbeing goals and will support you along your maternal journey. The programme consists of up to 9 contacts throughout pregnancy and will keep in touch up to your baby’s first birthday. For more information on how to access the service please contact the team on 01472 325500 or you can self-refer online at or email

The Maternal Wellbeing Service leaflet can be accessed here

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

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Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

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