During my second pregnancy I feel constantly fatigued and tired and found it hard to care for my first born without getting angry and frustrated at him. I felt very low and sometimes depressed because my housing situation was not good. My husband, my child and I were renting a house with six other people. The house was horrible and had both mice and rats in. We would often wake up with bites from the rats. This made me feel very sad and worried about the health of my son and my un-born baby. I was worried I was giving my children a bad life.

In the run up to birth I felt very worried- I was asking myself questions such as ‘what if something bad happens to me or the baby?’ ‘who will take care of the baby if something bad happens to me?’. However my delivery was very smooth and I was happy with how it went and caring for my new born baby.

When I sought help, I was encouraged to speak to a therapist but this is uncommon in my culture and I felt I needed more practical help with my housing rather than talking about my feelings. When I was feeling very low about my situation I would take my children out of the house to the park or to the library and it would help take my mind off my worries.

During my second pregnancy I feel constantly fatigued and tired and found it hard to care for my first born without getting angry and frustrated at him.

Minnia