Mom-to-be? Why your mental health is critical during and after pregnancy
Expectant mothers put themselves and their babies at risk when they do not prioritise their mental health.
Mental well-being during pregnancy and motherhood is critical for both mother and baby, explain specialist psychiatrists Dr Mashadi Motlana and Dr Lavinia Lumu.
Pregnant women who are struggling with mental health should not quit their medication, says Dr Motlana.
She advises that the expecting mothers should rather see a psychiatrist to discuss their options.
According to Dr Motlana, going off mental health medication during pregnancy poses a greater risk to the child's development than staying on the treatment.
Dr Lumu adds that pregnant women with severe mental disorders are at a greater risk of infanticide and suicide incidents.
She says that maternal mental disorders go under-reported because of the stigma associated with mental illness.
Untreated mental disorders can have harmful effects on the infant and can hamper mother-child attachment, Dr Lumu warns.
Pregnancy does put you at risk of developing a mental disorder for the first time, and your risk is even more increased if you have an existing mental disorder.Dr Mashadi Motlana, specialist psychiatrist
A woman who is depressed has a negative impact on the outcomes of the child's neurodevelopmental future and there are also behavioural problems in the long term.Dr Mashadi Motlana, specialist psychiatrist
Untreated mental disorders lead to an increase in stress hormones and the hormones become overwhelming for the placenta to control. They have a negative effect on the baby.Dr Lavinia Lumu, specialist psychiatrist
Women don't have support like they used to and there is a growing incidence of mental health issues amongst mothers.Dr Lavinia Lumu, specialist psychiatrist
Women are being brainwashed, we have this fantastical idea of motherhood.Dr Lavinia Lumu, specialist psychiatrist
Family Matters: pregnancy and mental health with particular focus on so-called post partum blues, as well as infanticide, etc.— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) July 16, 2018
Dr Lavinia Lumu & Dr Mashadi Motlana are two excellent psychiatrists.
A CRUCIAL topic. Do tune in now till 12pm.@Radio702 @CapeTalk pic.twitter.com/ZvVtuUZsrn
The pair discussed maternal mental health and how to combat post-natal depression. They also answered questions.
Take a listen to the expert advice:
UCT Professor Corné van Walbeek says there is scientific evidence that raising the price of alcohol does reduce consumption.Read More
It’s National Wills Week – you have until Friday (30 October) to get a professional to draw up or update your will at no charge.Read More
Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa) CEO David Frost says the red-listing of high-risk countries is killing inbound tourism.Read More
Shudufhadzo Musida was crowned Miss South Africa 2020 at a ceremony held at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday evening.Read More
More than 51,000 people have signed an online petition to bring back TV presenter Katlego Maboe after he was suspended from the SABC 3 morning show Expresso.Read More
Hand hygiene has become a critical part of the response to Covid-19, but not all hand sanitisers are up to scratch or even certified.Read More
Research has shown psychedelic drugs to be effective treatments for depression, alcoholism and anxiety, says Leonie Joubert.Read More
Are you always on your phone, procrastinating? There’s an app for that, says USB productivity researcher, Sam Orton.Read More
'If you're happy at work it rubs off on your colleagues and clients' says Gideon Galloway, CEO of King Price Insurance.Read More
There's a move towards eating what is termed 'futureproof foods' which are more conducive to the sustainability of the planet.Read More