There are two main reasons it is often reassuring to talk about what you are experiencing in pregnancy and as a new mother. First, while it won’t necessarily cure worries or anxiety, it will help to get your worries and anxieties out into the open. If you keep worries and anxiety pressed down inside, they can start to eat at you and then become more severe and overwhelming. Second, it is reassuring to know you are not alone when you feel overwhelmed by feelings in pregnancy and with a newborn baby.
You might like to talk with a trusted friend or a family member but sometimes you can feel like all you do is talk about your concerns with them. You could try your doctor, a psychologist, counsellor or access many of the advocacy and support associations listed in Tool 13, Helpful contacts.
When choosing who to talk with, make sure it is someone you feel:
- you can connect with
- gets you and your life
- will listen
- you can trust
- won’t judge you
- won’t tell you what to do
If you would like to talk with a health professional there are a few options:
- Your GP or local doctor
- A Maternal and Child Health Nurse
- Your community health centre (go to the website of your local council to find yours)
- A psychologist – because they are registered mental health professionals, you can get a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per year with a psychologist (see Tool 13, Helpful contacts).
- A counsellor – look for a registered counsellor, which means you are seeing someone who has done an approved course in counselling.
- A social worker
- 1. Understand & up-skill
- 2. Living well
- 3. Talking
- 4. Journal
- 5. Problem solving
- 6. This only takes 15 minutes
- 7. Accept, rather than fight anxiety
- 8. Relaxation & Mindfulness
- 9. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- 10. What are you thinking?
- 11. Thinking record
- 12. Who to see and what type of therapy to have?
- 13. Helpful contacts