What are ‘The Baby Blues?’
Postnatal depression should not be confused with the baby blues.
The majority of women experiencing mood swings during the first few days after having a baby are often tearful
Sleeping problems and appetite changes can also occur
The baby blues only last a few days.
If these symptoms so not disappear it may be that you are developing Postnatal Depression.
What is Postnatal Depression?
Postnatal depression is a clinical depression occurring during the first year following birth.
If left untreated it can get worse and take longer for yu to recover.
Symptoms could include-
Feeling sad and weepy
Anxiety and irritability
Feeling tired all the time
Finding no enjoyment in life
Feeling unable to cope
Not wanting to be with others
Feeling unloved and worthless
No interest in sex
Not being able to concentrate, make decisions or forgetting things
Having no energy or enthusiasm
Decrease or increase in appetite
Is it my fault?
NO! there are many stresses involved in having and caring for a newborn baby.
Consider the demands of parenthood.
Trying to be a perfect mother.
Lack of time to oneself
Lack of adult company and isolation
24 hour duty
Being pulled in different directions
Having no- one to listen to you
Unfulfilled expectations of motherhood
How to help yourself
Ask for help and support from relatives, friends or health professionals
Be kind to yourself, your needs are important too
Take one day at a time
Talk about how you feel
Accept there will be bad days – don’t blame yourself
Eat a healthy diet
Rest as much as possible
Postnatal depression is a common experience and with help, time and support you will recover.
Fathers can be depressed too:
Although postnatal depression is usually associated with new mothers, current research suggests 1 in 25 new fathers are affected
The pressures of fatherhood with increased responsibility, and altered lifestyle, financial uncertainties, lack of sleep and a change in relationship with their partner, can all contribute to feelings of depression. Occasionally this depression can even start during the pregnancy or when all the attention is focused on the new mother leaving men feeling ‘left out’. Symptoms are similar to those found in women but sometimes men can become more hostile in attitude.
Self- help tips for dad
Talk about how you feel to family and friend
Allow time for yourself, away from work and family
Try to maintain some hobbies or social events
Ask for help and support. You’re not alone.
Further information and support contact –
tel: 08457 660163
Tel: 08704 448707
ASSOCIATION FOR POSTNATAL ILLNESS
Tel: 0207 386 0868
Tel: 0845 4647
Speak with your Health Visitor.