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Post/Antenatal Depression



Antenatal Depression


When you find out that you are pregnant, either planned or a ‘happy accident’, your emotions can go into overdrive depending on what you wanted. Society has given us an idyllic representation of how you should feel, ‘blooming and marvellous’ - ready to become the perfect mother-to-be, complete with beautifully manicured nails, lovely skin and a perfect husband.


However, in reality you may not feel this is you. You may be feeling totally the opposite and not know why, as this baby had been greatly anticipated and you had already planned so much. Around 10% of women suffer depression in pregnancy but this usually disappears after the birth. However, if this is left untreated as ‘just the baby blues’ and it continues for a longer time after the birth it, it can lead onto postnatal depression.


Pregnancy is a life changing event as your role in life changes, there is literally another person to think about-and it is not that you can get away from this, you are physically, emotionally and mentally attached. With these changes comes more responsibility; your hormone level changes; then you have some radical body shape changes and all this could be a highly emotional time.


If you are feeling sadness and depression then this should not be ignored. It is a good time to seek the help you need. Liberty provides a safe and confidential counselling environment where you can you understand what is happening and work through any difficulties you are feeling at this time.


For help and support now

Talk in confidence on:

Tel: 01925 225314

Mob: 07530 379 362



Postnatal Depression

 

After giving birth your hormone levels are changing plus you are feeling tired, your body has not got back to ‘normal’ and now you have to think about the needs of your new baby above your own. These factors, and others, can result in’ baby blues’ and can last for around a week.  This is a common and normal reaction after birth but, if these feelings become more powerful and don’t seem to be going away, it could be the beginning of post natal depression. Women who experience PND may go through one or more of these symptoms:


The main symptoms of postnatal depression are:


• General lethargy and feeling tired all the time

• A persistent feeling of sadness, no hope and generally low mood

• Loss of interest in self, your partner or the world around you


Other symptoms can include


• Disturbed sleep, not sleeping at night, waking early and then being sleepy during the day

• Wanting to cry/cry a lot or even all the time

• Poor appetite or an increase in appetite

• Difficulties with decision making, poor concentration

• Low self-confidence

• Thinking about suicide or self-harming

• Feelings of guilt and self-blame; obsessive fears about the baby


Please do not think that you have to be the perfect mother, wife, or woman and that you are a failure if you do not cope with ‘normal’ life as quickly as you or other people want you to.


Life with all its different emotions and problems is normal. The fact is that you are an individual with different needs is perfectly acceptable, and if you need someone to discuss with you about what you are going through, right now, then please get in touch with us.


Liberty provides a calm, safe and confidential environment where you can relax and be yourself. We will not judge you by anything you say or how you feel, our only aim is reassure you, talk you through any worries or feelings you have, and ensure that you know you are not alone at this particular point in your life.


For help or to make an appointment now

Talk in confidence on:

Tel: 01925 225314

Mob: 07530 379 362