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What is postnatal depression?

Having a baby turns everything upside down. Your life – and your body – change overnight. It is normal to experience the ‘baby blues’ after giving birth – mood swings, bursting into tears, irritability, anxiety and sleeping problems are common in the days following childbirth. These symptoms are simply your body’s reaction to the hormone fluctuations caused by pregnancy and the huge change that has taken place in your life.

Usually, the baby blues pass without the need for treatment. However, the symptoms can sometimes last for longer. You might have expected to feel wonderful after giving birth, but instead you may find that you feel dejected, powerless, irritable, anxious and insecure. You may also feel that you are not enjoying motherhood, which in turn can lead to feelings of guilt. If you have recently given birth and are suffering from these symptoms, you may have postnatal depression, also sometimes referred to as postpartum depression.

Do I have postnatal depression?

At least 50 – 80% of women who give birth will experience ‘baby blues’. These feelings usually occur between three and ten days after giving birth, and the symptoms normally disappear by themselves, without the need for treatment. But if the symptoms persist for more than two weeks and become more severe, you may be suffering from postnatal depression.

The main symptoms of postnatal depression are a persistent feeling of sadness, irritability and listlessness, sleeping problems and an inability to enjoy motherhood and your baby. You may also find it difficult to perform daily tasks and to look after your baby.

Sometimes the symptoms appear later on – a few weeks after giving birth or when you stop breastfeeding or return to work. Around 10 to 15% of women who give birth experience postnatal depression – you are not alone.

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What can you do?

Postnatal depression does not usually go away by itself. However, treatment is very effective. With the right psychological support and – if necessary – medication, you will quickly see an improvement. If you recognise the symptoms described above, we recommend that you contact your doctor or get in touch with one of our psychologists directly. We have also made a list of things you can do right now to help:


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