I’m a new parent
Becoming a new parent should be a joyful and exciting time, so let’s make it as happy as it can be.
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.
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 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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