Some of the common symptoms of postnatal depression
Have you been feeling?
Have you had thoughts like?
- ‘I’m useless’
- ‘I look a mess’
- ‘It’s my fault’
- ‘I am hopeless’
- ‘Everyone would cope better if I wasn’t here’
- ‘This is not going to get better’
- ‘I’m no good’
Have you noticed?
- an increase or decrease in appetite
- you are unable to relax
- you are sleeping too much or too little
- you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
- you lack in energy
- poor concentration or poor memory
- you are unable to make decisions
- aching pains in your body
- snappy/irritable behaviour
- you are constantly worrying
- your heart pounding in your chest
- a stomach churning sensation
- you are sweating excessively
Possible causes of postnatal depression
- hormone levels – after giving birth your hormone levels change, which can impact on your mood
- a traumatic birth – this can have an effect on your mood
- previous mental health difficulties – this may make you more susceptible to developing post-natal depression
How common is postnatal depression?
- 60% of new mums experience symptoms of postnatal depression
- 15% of new mums will be diagnosed with postnatal depression every year in the UK
- 8 out of 10 mums will have short-term symptoms of ‘baby blues’ after giving birth; this lasts for a few days
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