Perinatal mental health issues affect between 10 to 20 percent of women during pregnancy and the first year of having a baby – a statistic that is expected to rise among new parents who have welcomed babies during the coronavirus pandemic. However, many don’t seek help or admit just how they are feeling. Which is why Frankie Bridge’s latest book, Grow, is so important.
The former Saturdays singer, who has been open about her experiences with anxiety and depression, announced that she has written her second book detailing the way becoming a mother impacted her mental health.
Frankie said that while the book is inspired by her own experiences following the births of her two sons, Parker and Carter, it also features advice from psychiatrists, psychologists and paediatricians in a bid to help other mothers who may be struggling.
“In the book I write about the impact of motherhood on my mental health… I wanted to write this book, which at times has been difficult… because there are so many of us fighting with this on a daily basis… yet too scared to talk about it out loud because we are mothers and we are supposed to breeze through the whole thing and love every second,” Frankie explained on Instagram.
“The truth is every mother, whoever you are…whatever you do… struggles to cope.”
GROW by Frankie Bridge, £15.19, Pre-order now
She concluded: “I hope GROW helps you let go of what kind of mother the world expects you to be and helps you to start to accept and love the mother you really are.”
In short, it sounds like the kind of book that would be valuable to all new mothers, no matter their experiences with perinatal mental health issues.
GROW: Motherhood, Mental Health and Me will be released on 19 August 2021 and is available to pre-order above. We can’t wait to read it!
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