To round off maternal mental health week, we asked Mums on social media what advice they’d give to new Mums in those first few weeks – and we got a lot of replies! Here are the most common and most important.

  1. Try and rest as much as possible – your body has done an incredible thing – give it a break!
  2. Allow yourself space; don’t be afraid to grab a shower when there are people around to cuddle the baby.
  3. Let yourself off the hook; looking after your new human is a huge job so don’t beat yourself up for not having a spotless house, and if someone offers to help – let them.
  4. Talk to other Mums; whether at church, baby groups or in your group of friends, you are not alone.
  5. Plan some enjoyable things; whether it be going out for a walk or visiting your favourite cafe.
  6. Be honest about how you’re feeling, it’s okay to feel however you feel, try to verbalise it if you can.
  7. You’ve just had a baby and you can cry if you want to.
  8. Get some fresh air.
  9. Remember that this too shall pass – this stage won’t last forever.
  10. Don’t be afraid to tell people when you’re struggling; tell your partner, your midwife or health visitor so they can help you.

For more information on organisations who can help, check out: PANDAS: Helpline 0843 2898401.