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What is postnatal depression? Symptoms | Treatments

18 May What is postnatal depression? Symptoms | Treatments

What is postnatal depression? Symptoms | Treatments

Postnatal depression is a form of depression some mothers experience after their child is born. At present figures show 1 out of every 10 mothers suffer from this in at least the first year of giving birth.


Symptoms of Postnatal depression

  • Low mood of feeling sad
  • Lack of enjoyment or interest in anything
  • No energy and feeling tired all the time
  • Not been able to sleep at night and constantly tired during the day
  • Not engaging with other people or crowds
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions
  • Frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby
  • Feelings of guilt and self-blame


Even though you have postnatal depression you may not experience all of these symptoms. Some of these symptoms are normal of being a new mum such as low energy etc. You may find it hard to tell where the line is between ‘normal’ difficult feelings and being depressed


What should You do?

You should talk to your health visitor, midwife or doctor. Remember It is not your fault that you have postnatal depression and should you talk to your midwife, health visitor or doctor about your feelings they will not judge you or criticize you. They will discuss with you what options or treatment you can take.

The most important thing is to let people know how you feel as soon as possible. Don’t struggle alone hoping that the problem will go away.


Remember that:

  • A variety of support and help is available, it is not your fault you have depression, it is an illness just like any other.
  • It does not mean your going mad or that you are a bad parent.
  • Treatments for postnatal depression
  • Doing it yourself, by taking time out for yourself and talking to family or friends, eating healthy and exercising even if it’s just a short walk.
  • Psychological therapy this can be done through your own doctor and he or she will recommend you for therapy.
  • Medication.
  • Medication will come in the form of antidepressants these may be recommended if your depression is more severe or other treatments haven’t helped; your doctor can prescribe a medicine that’s safe to take while breastfeeding

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