Baby Blues & Postnatal Depression
Women who have just given birth are likely to go through a period of two to three weeks of baby blues. Adjustments to the new arrival, breastfeeding, and interrupted sleep are some of the woes which every new mother will experience. However, once adjusted they are able to cope more independently.
Women’s perinatal emotional health
Women can experience depression and anxiety during and after delivery. This is because women experience physical, biological and emotional adjustments during this period, but are usually able to cope with and overcome the symptoms.
When should I seek medical advice
If you have overcome the baby blues period and you have not gotten better or you have some of the symptoms listed below and they have stayed or gotten worse, you are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a doctor or healthcare professional. The symptoms are:
▪ Mood swings
▪ Decline in interest in the things which you used to enjoy and/ lack of motivation
▪ Change in sleep pattern
▪ Change in appetite (e.g. either eating excessively or having no appetite)
▪ Worrying increasingly
▪ Feelings of hopelessness, guilt
▪ Difficulty concentrating
▪ Irritation and anger with yourself or those around you
▪ Panic attacks
▪ Worrying excessively about your baby
▪ Disturbing thoughts about harming yourself and your baby
▪ Feelings of unworthiness or inability to cope
It’s not your fault
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can happen to anyone. There are many possible factors ranging from family medical history, hormonal changes, stress, support you have from partner and family members, readiness to have a new addition to the family.
It is not your fault that you have this treatable illness. We at the Women’s Emotional Health Service (WEHS) are able to assist you.
The earlier you get treatment the better. It is unnecessary for you to suffer when help is a phone call away.
For more information, please contact:
Women's Emotional Health Service, National University Hospital
Tel: 6772 2037 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org