Most new mums experience the baby blues when bubs comes along in some form or another, but sometimes these feelings are more serious. We look at the some of the signs of postnatal depression below.
What’s normal and what’s not!
It’s normal to feel emotional after birth – you’ve been through a huge ordeal, both physically and emotionally and your hormones are in overdrive! You’re also trying to adjust to a life that’s completely different to how it used to be.
Up to 80 per cent of mums experience the ‘baby blues’ during the first 10 days after giving birth. They can feel teary, anxious, irritable and have mood fluctuations. For most mums this will be short-lived, but if your baby blues last for more than two weeks or your symptoms worsen, you need to talk to your health professional as you might have postnatal depression.
What is postnatal depression?
Postnatal depression (PND) affects many new Mums after giving birth and is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, according to Beyond Blue, one in seven women will experience PND in their baby’s first year of life.
What are the postnatal depression symptoms?
It’s important to keep an eye out for the signs of postnatal depression and seek professional help if you’re concerned you may have postnatal depression.
Postnatal depression symptoms to be aware of include:
- Crying regularly and for no apparent reason
- Insomnia and sleep disturbance, unrelated to your baby waking up
- Irritability and prolonged anxiety
- Inability to cope with daily routine
- Negative obsessive thoughts, including about something happening to the baby
- Fear of being alone
- Feelings of guilt and inadequacy, and loss of confidence and self-esteem
- Disrupted appetite – a disinterest in food or anxious over-eating
Could you be experiencing signs of PND?
Take the Beyond Blue mental health test here
Please see your doctor
PND is an illness that’s unlikely to go away quickly without treatment.
If you’re concerned or you are experiencing any of these signs of postnatal depression, please speak to your doctor, as postnatal depression is totally curable, especially if caught early.
At Providence Medical we have experienced and supportive female GPs who are here to care for you.
If you have any concerns, please contact us today!
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au