EXPECTANT parents across the region are being urged to sign up to an NSPCC mental health service.
Pregnancy in Mind aims to support new mums and dads who may be experiencing, or are at risk, of developing anxiety or depression during or following pregnancy.
It is being offered as a virtual programme for parents-to-be who are between weeks 12 and 34 of pregnancy.
The service also supports relationships between parents and offers knowledge and skills which could help parents manage difficulties they may experience.
Sandra McNair, NSPCC assistant director for the Midlands, said: “Becoming a parent can be stressful.
“So, if you or someone you know feels anxious about your pregnancy it’s important to remember support is available.
“Sometimes taking the first step to access that support can be difficult, but it’s always worthwhile.”
Some of the techniques the service introduces include mindfulness meditation, active relaxation, coping skills, social support and advice on how couples can better communicate and manage conflicts during what can be a stressful time.
For more call 0115 960 5481 or email [email protected].