Postnatal depression is is commonly known as postpartum depression and the baby blues. Anywhere between a few days and the first month post-delivery, is a seriously emotional time for women as their hormones change.
Not only are the mother’s hormones and weight rapidly changing, but there are the added pressures of changing dynamics in relationships with the father of the baby, older children, parents and in-laws, and friends. Add to this the constant demands of a newborn and sleep deprivation. All of these factors can contribute to postnatal depression, a feeling of not coping and mood swings.
For half of new mothers, the moodiness only lasts 2-3 weeks and then goes away, it is commonly called the 'baby blues.' However, if the feelings of not coping, anxiety or depression continue for more than three weeks, a more serious condition called postpartum depression may exist. 10-15% of women experience this.
Sometimes, just talking with a counsellor and/ or taking anti-depressants such as SSRI’s (from a GP) can have a beneficial affect on feeling more in control and levelling out the ups and downs. New mothers are welcome to bring their babies to counselling sessions, however there is no facilities for young children, so a home visit might be better for mothers without daycare or babysitters. See Ghita’s local mobile service.
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