We’re here to help with mental health support for new parents. Even if you’re not a Bupa customer, we offer advice on parenting and mental health.

Congratulations on your new baby

While some lucky people barely break their stride when they become a new parent, for many there are real struggles and challenges – and lots of self-doubt. It’s important to realise that these feelings are normal.

But if those feelings become overwhelming, they could lead to a mental health problem like depression or anxiety. We want you to really enjoy being a new parent, so we’ve put together some expert advice to help you look after your mental health. And don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help if you need it.

Mental health support for new parents

Postpartum mental health

New parents during the COVID pandemic may have had less support than they would have had in normal times, contributing to poor mental health. So after the birth of your child, you might experience recognised conditions such as postpartum anxiety, depression, OCD, or even psychosis or PTSD.

Coping with postnatal depression

Just when you feel like you ought to be on cloud nine, you may be feeling miserable. Postpartum depression is a recognised condition and it can be treated successfully with the right support. This article offers information and advice about the causes and symptoms of this condition.

Exercising during and after pregnancy

As long as you’ve been healthy and had no problems during birth, and as long as your doctor or midwife says it's okay, you can go back to gentle exercises within a few days of having your baby.

Don’t try to do too much, though – a gentle walk is a good place to start, and it can help your mental health, too. You can build up from there.

Breastfeeding for new mums

Wanting to breastfeed? Breastfeeding may be natural but it doesn’t always come naturally. If you need help, ask your midwife, health visitor or GP. There’s also lots of advice in our article about breastfeeding. And remember that while it’s good for your baby, it’s also good for you as a new mum.

Need help coping as a new parent in a time of COVID-19?

Mental health support for new parents from Bupa’s experts

Our wellbeing platform, Healthy Me, is where you’ll find a wide range of help with parenting and mental health.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

  • Samaritans

  • Mind

  • YoungMinds

  • Mental Health Foundation

  • Rethink Mental Illness

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or up to five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.

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