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SIGNS OF POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

 
Lethargy
Tearfulness
Anxiety
Guilt
Irritability
Confusion
Disturbed sleep not due to your baby
Difficulty making decisions
Loss of self esteem
Lack of confidence in ability as a mother
Mother has fear of hurting herself or her baby
Loss of libido
Loss of appetite
Hostility towards people she loves
Difficulty concentrating
Shame at being unhappy
Fear of judgement from others
Helplessness

 

 

SUPPORT

 

ASSOCIATION FOR POSTNATAL ILLNESS
Helpline: 0207 386 0868
www.apni.org

POSTNATAL ILLNESS
www.pni.org.uk

BIRTH TRAUMA ASSOCIATION
www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

 

IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE POSTNATAL DEPRESSION:

 

Find someone you can talk to – a friend, relative, partner, health visitor, midwife, doctor
Try to accept that nothing you are feeling is your fault
Think of ways you can start caring more for yourself and where any additional support can come from
Socialise with other people if you can, but at places you feel comfortable – sometimes it is about getting out and about.
Accept that you will get better, but it may take some time, with different forms of help

 

 

SUPPORTING SOMEONE WITH POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

  • Try to let her express her feelings of anxiety and fear freely. Try not to dismiss these fears, no matter how irrational – to her they are very real
  • Women with postnatal depression find it hard to cope. Try to ensure someone is with her as much as possible
  • Try to show consideration and sympathy, no matter how tired and fed up you may feel
  • Encourage and raise her self esteem whenever she makes an effort to achieve something
  • Encourage her to go out with friends, without the children, but don’t force her to do anything she doesn’t feel up to doing
  • Be aware that appearing too efficient or capable can make her feel like a failure
  • Try to be patient
  • Don’t say things like ‘pull yourself together’ or ‘you are really lucky to have what you have’
  • Remember, it can be tiring and difficult to support someone with postnatal depression. You may need some support yourself!

 

Link: The Birth & Baby Network You And Your Baby Pages

Janine Rudin
birthandbabycompany.com

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