Pregnancy and birth can often trigger depression and mental health issues in women, this can be an overwhelming period when you have a small baby but it is vital that you reach out for help and support.
It is really normal to feel sad, down and low after giving birth. This is often called the ‘baby blues’ and will typically be resolved after two weeks. If you are still feeling low after two weeks, it is possible that you may have postnatal depression.
Symptoms can include:
- A persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
- Loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
- Lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
- Trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day
- Feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
- Problems concentrating and making decisions
- Loss of appetite or an increased appetite (comfort eating)
- Feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic (you “can’t be bothered”)
- Feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-blame
- Difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in their company
- Frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby; these can be scary, but they’re very rarely acted upon
- Thinking about suicide and self-harm.
Pregma’s expert team of midwives, psychotherapists and psychiatrists that will put a care plan in place that ensures the best for your family.
Frequently Asked Questions
One of the best ways to stay healthy during pregnancy is to talk to other people, your friends, family and healthcare providers about how you are doing. Pregnancy can be a hugely emotional experience with so many changes happening, that it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Pregma are here to support you and recommend the best treatment during this difficult period.
If you are ever worried that you or your family member could hurt other people or themselves, please call the emergency services.