World Maternal Mental Health Day is on May 2nd 2018 and this important event will be marked in many different ways across the globe.
In Ireland, the second Paint Your Bump Day for Maternal Mental Health Awareness will take place.The organisers are encouraging mums-to-be to paint their bump (using face paints!) and post a picture on social media using #pyb2018.
They say feelings of anxiety and depression are becoming increasingly common on the road to pregnancy, during pregnancy and after baby is born.
“We don’t want woman to ignore or suffer through these experiences. We want to raise awareness of this with Paint Your Bump Day 2018. This day is about bringing awareness to Maternal Mental Health both your own and every women out there.”
“When I had my daughter, and even through pregnancy, it was such an immediate change in my life, it was shocking,” she said.
“This was something I had planned for. It doesn’t mean that just because it was planned that it can’t be a shock or a huge adjustment. I remember thinking why aren’t people talking about this shock,” she said.
“A lot of women during pregnancy may not enjoy the experience and may struggle during the pregnancy. That can set a mindset for them, in some way, that they feel they’re a failure.
That isn’t the case at all and, unfortunately, it’s that society puts out this image that pregnancy is roses and wonderful when in reality it isn’t.”
The organisers are encouraging all pregnant women to get involved with Paint Your Bump.
“We want you to know that you are not alone, every women experiences different struggles in the transition to motherhood. Becoming a mother is one of the biggest transitions you will make in your life.”
Did you have issues with your mental health before or after pregnancy? Did it help you to know you weren’t alone? Share your story with us!