post natal depression 1 (2)Feeling blue can be quite common after giving birth. Baby blues are not unusual after delivery because all the hormones are reversing back to the way they used to be. However, one in six women suffer from post-natal depression which is more serious.

Symptoms of Postnatal Depression may start as baby blues and then get worse or they may take some time to develop.

Symptoms of Postnatal Depression may include
  • Feeling that you can’t cope with your baby and then guilty because of this
  • Feeling very sad and crying frequently
  • Feeling very sad and crying frequently
  • Anxious and worried about your baby’s and your own health
  • Unable to concentrate and finding simple tasks confusing
  • Tense and irritable
  • Problems sleeping and a poor appetite
  • Feelings of vulnerability
  • Loss of interest in things you usually enjoy
  • Changes in appetite

post natal depression 3If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please remember that you are not alone and talk to someone.

Around 13% of new mothers in Ireland experience Postnatal Depression. The earlier it is recognised, diagnosed and treated, the faster you will recover. Often a family member or friend will notice that there is something wrong before you do.

What to do
  • The most important thing you can do is look for help. Talk to your partner, family, GP or public health nurse.
  • Be open about your feelings and worries.
  • Believe that you will get better.
  • Take every opportunity to rest.
  • Eat well.
  • Ask for help with practical things like housework.