Perinatal Depression Awareness Week | 12-18 November

By Bupa on 21 November 2017

If you're pregnant or have recently welcomed your little one into the world, looking after yourself is as important as looking after them.

Ask any new Mum what their priorities are, and you'll generally hear: baby, sleep, food. And usually in that order!

'Me time' can often fall off Mums' radars, despite being critical to helping maintain good emotional health. Scheduling in some ‘me time’ can make a real difference to both Mums and their loved ones, but finding the time can be a challenge.

To help address this, Bupa has teamed up with industry leading researchers, specialists and mums to develop mummatters, a handy mobile tool that helps Mums and Mums-to-be look after their emotional wellbeing.
As well as helping women monitor their emotional health and wellbeing, mummatters suggests steps to stay emotionally well, and guides the user to relevant support and resources.

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Bupa developed mummatters in collaboration with experts at St John of God Hospital, the University of New South Wales and mums themselves. It aims to empower women to self-manage their emotional wellbeing pre- and post-pregnancy.

Michaela Fox, blogger and mum of three young daughters with another baby on the way, says managing the demands of motherhood can be tough.

"Motherhood is a deeply fulfilling experience, but it is also challenging and confronting. It's taken me a while to realise that giving back to myself is not selfish and it's not a luxury - it's a necessity," Michaela said.
"These days I make it a habit to regularly check-in with my emotional well-being and prioritise 'me time'. And that's why I think the mummatters tool is an essential tool for new mums. The reality is being healthy and happy in yourself has direct benefits for the whole family."

Dawn Rieniets, well known for her blog ‘Kangaroo Spotting, struggled with post-natal depression after giving birth to her first child. Dawn says it's vital that mums keep their tanks topped-up so they can be there for their families, and themselves.

"I cannot stress enough the importance of self-care when you're a new mother. It's nearly impossible to care for an infant and family when you are operating on fumes," Dawn said. "Checking in with yourself and with someone you trust also helps the process. It's often difficult to tell the difference between baby blues and full blown post-natal depression, but help is out there and it can be personalised for every individual. "I know that if I had mummatters after my daughter was born, I would not have waited so long to seek help."

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If you're pregnant or recently had a baby, start your journey with mummatters now.

For more information about perinatal depression, including signs and symptoms, please check out this article from Bupa.

If you’re concerned about your emotional wellbeing there is support available. For a confidential discussion call:
PANDA (1300 726 306 / www.panda.org.au) or
Beyond Blue (ph: 1300 22 4636 / www.beyondblue.org.au).

Alternatively, you can talk to your GP or trusted health professional.
 

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