signs of gestational diabetesEvery day we listen to callers to our national helpline say ‘It’s tough’.

There’s one point that’s clear from paying attention to the mums as well as dads who call our helpline on a daily basis– as well as it’s that the change right into being a parent isn’t all black and white.

Not everyone grows in the brand-new part as mum or father– which’s OKAY as it’s a large change in a lot of different ways. Every person’s trip to parenthood and also very early experience of it is different and unique.

Many new parents battle to recognize with exactly what they’re feeling and for some it’s not as specific as the much more well-known symptoms of postnatal depression.

With that being said, this year the word ‘anxiety’ has been included in Perinatal Depression & Anxiousness Awareness week (15– 21 Nov), in addition to changing of the word postnatal to perinatal. This is since we now comprehend that stress and anxiety is as equally prevalent as well as debilitating as depression, and also it’s not simply new parents that are impacted yet additionally parents-to-be.

Anxiety could be difficult to identify considering that the indications might not be as clear as depression – so moms and dads typically second guess themselves and think that exactly what they are feeling need to belong to parent. This is something we listen to a whole lot. Expressions like ‘I really did not understand anxiety was a genuine concern’ and also ‘I thought exactly what I was feeling have to have been regular’ prevail on the helpline.

The reasons that anxiety could be induced are so different – it could connect to how how you really feel about leaving job, fret associating with exactly how your connections might alter, or might be to do with struggles while breastfeeding or a birth experience that didn’t go as intended. And also in some cases, a factor isn’t really even identifiable.

Some of the indicators of perinatal anxiety and anxiety consist of: anxiety attack, consistent distressing, sudden state of mind swings, not wishing to hang out, a feeling of consistent despair or pessimism and/or sensation like you can’t deal with caring for the baby.

If you have a relentless, niggling feeling that something isn’t right, or a frustrating sensation that you’re not coping – after that we motivate you to take the very first step and talk with an individual– even if it’s simply a companion or trusted buddy in the initial instance.

You could likewise take into consideration speaking to your General Practitioner, one more health and wellness professional you really feel comfortable with or call the Perinatal Stress and anxiety as well as Anxiety Australia (PANDA) National Helpline. We understand early intervention can bring alleviation sooner as well as that’s good for you and for your child. We listen to callers to the helpline claiming they really feel helpless, ashamed or embarrassed, but the helpline is a space where discussions around early parenting obstacles as well as mental health are urged and also listened to without judgment. We’re here to listen and to help.

Remember – you are not alone as well as there are individuals who can aid, even if it’s simply for a chat to help you clarify your ideas and also feelings.


It’s Perinatal Depression & Stress and anxiety Understanding Week as well as Perinatal Anxiousness & Anxiety Australia(PANDA)encourages all Australian’s to begin open as well as sincere chats concerning being a parent. In Australia 1 in 10 mums and also 1 in 20 daddies struggle with anxiousness or anxiety while pregnant. This increases to 1 in 7 mums as well as 1 in 10 dads after birth, with numerous moms and dads suffering in silence.

If you understand a brand-new parent, take a moment this week to examine in with them and also ask exactly how they are going. Parenthood could be really hard as well as moms and dads have to understand that it’s OKAY to connect for help. For assistance, please telephone call PANDA’s National Helpline on 1300 726 306 Mon-Fri 10-5pm AEST or check out

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