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What should you watch for?
The following can be warnings that you might need more help and monitoring in pregnancy;
- Past depression or anxiety problems.
- Family history of mental health problems, especially in pregnancy or after delivery.
- Past abuse, physical or verbal.
- An unplanned pregnancy which has been difficult to accept.
- Lengthy time trying to get pregnant especially having had fertility treatments or recurrent miscarriages.
- A stressful, difficult or complicated pregnancy.
- A previous difficult pregnancy, labour or delivery.
- Previous loss of a baby, stillbirth, SIDS, miscarriage, abortion.
- Poor or absent partner support.
- Poor or absent family/whanau support.
- Poor or absent close friendships.
- Geographic isolation.
- Poor financial support, a need to keep working as long as possible in the pregnancy.
- Problems adjusting to stopping/starting work.
- Moving house, significant house renovations.
- High expectations of “being the perfect mother”.