Cornwall pregnancy mental health unit launches

Launch of the perinatal service

The service, which is run by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will work with midwives and health visitors. It said about 15% of women suffer from mental health issues around their pregnancy. The launch has been welcomed by the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust, which was set up after the death of a young mother from Newquay eight years ago. Mandy Raywood, a perinatal nurse specialist, said: “Most women have good mental health during pregnancy, but it can be a worrying time, particularly if you’ve had a previous episode of mental illness. “This may increase the risk of relapse during and after pregnancy.” Angela Harrison took her own life after suffering severe postnatal depression in 2005. Her husband, Anthony, from Newquay, said he had been battling since then to improve services for women and children in Cornwall. He said: “We are delighted and very much welcome this much-needed new service for Cornwall.
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Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

Although pregnancy doesn’t cause breast cancer , the hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy can accelerate its growth.The disease can be devastating to both the mother and child, so it is essential that pregnant women and their health care providers continue to perform routine breast exams throughout pregnancy. Any suspicious lumps and symptoms should be evaluated. Because many changes take place in a woman’s breasts during pregnancy, it can be more difficult to identify small masses, or lumps during pregnancy. Breast masses can be mistaken for a normal change due to pregnancy. In addition, breast cancer tumors in pregnant women are often larger and more advanced by the time they are detected than lumps in women of the same age who are not pregnant. Recommended Related to Breast Cancer How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed in Pregnant Women? The best thing you can do while pregnant is to see your health care provider regularly. These doctor visits, called prenatal (or “before birth”) visits, are very important in keeping both you and your baby in the best possible health.
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