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Antenatal Mood

It is normal to have mixed feelings when expecting a baby. You could be feeling happy or worried about becoming a parent and wondering how relationships in the family may change. This can be linked to thoughts of your own childhood and your current family situation. It’s important to remember all of these feelings are normal and it is often hard to know what to expect.

It can feel like you have to know everything about becoming a parent, but remember you don’t. You will learn this together as your family grows.

  • It may feel like a silly or one-sided conversation, but talking and singing to your baby while they’re still in the womb helps you to build a lasting bond.

    Your voice does great things for your baby. Studies show that the sound of it is calming, both in the womb and when they are born. Unborn babies learn to recognise and remember important voices during your pregnancy. This means the conversations that you have with your bump are good for their social and emotional development.

    For more information have a look at Emotional Development Pregnancy - 6 months and What to expect as your baby develops

  • Worries about how you are feeling during pregnancy are important and simple ways of looking after yourself are:

  • Expectant parents may be working throughout pregnancy. It is important to look after yourself and make time for you and your growing family. Some people worry about talking to their employer to get time off for antenatal appointments. The following websites can be really helpful:

    For maternal rights *Click Here*

    For rights at work for dads or partners *Click Here*.

Who Can Help?

Talk to your midwife, health visitor, or GP if you are struggling to have positive feelings about your unborn baby or worried about how you are feeling.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. CLICK HERE

If you would like to learn more about understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby have a look at these free online courses provided by the Solihull Approach *Click Here* and enter access code JON70.

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