- Antenatal Anxiety and Depression
- Identifying Postnatal Depression
- Impact of Postnatal Depression
- Mood changes
- Postnatal Anxiety and Depression
- Postnatal Depression and Breastfeeding
- Postnatal Depression and Childbirth Trauma
- Postpartum Psychosis
- Prevention of Postnatal Depression
- Risks of Postnatal Depression
If a new parent does not feel the way she/he expected to feel during pregnancy or after having a baby it is very important that they talk to someone. It could simply be that she/he is having trouble adjusting to the changes in lifestyle that occur when a baby is born and to the demands that a new baby brings.Read more: What's Important?
It is important for a woman with symptoms of postnatal depression to have a series of basic medical tests to rule out any other physical conditions that are known to contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety, low energy or poor motivation such as iron or thyroid imbalances. If this is identified and treated the feelings of depression or anxiety may stop.Read more: Medical Care
Once the woman's medical aspect of her treatment is monitored and stabilised it is important for her to have some form of counselling or additional support. Talking about her feelings, particularly with other women in support groups or to a professional counsellor can be vital to her recovery.Read more: Counselling
A balanced lifestyle for all parents means that all parts of their lives are being attended to, particularly time spent for themselves as individuals.
Many new parents put on hold their own needs as they deal with the changes and the needs of their baby. Diet, exercise, sleep, timeout, pleasurable activities, socialisation, relaxation, meditation, spiritual, work, intellectual, routines and emotional needs all need to be built into their lifestyle.Read more: Self Care
Support and patience from partner, family and friends is often identified by women with perinatal depression and anxiety as the most crucial factor in their recovery. Being part of a support group or supported playgroup with other families living with perinatal depression and anxiety can be central to recovery as well.Read more: Support