“Up to 80 percent of new mothers feel stressed, anxious or flat following the birth of a baby.”
The “baby blues”
These feelings usually go away in a couple of weeks. However, some women feel a heavy sadness that doesn’t go away. These women may have Postpartum Depression (PPD). A woman with one of these more serious problems may have difficulty bonding with her baby. She may feel that she is not a good mother. She may think that she doesn’t love her baby enough. It can be confusing that such intense feelings can follow such a joyful time, however, it does occur and treatment can be invaluable to help individuals and families cope with the changes in their life and the feelings that they are experiencing. Postpartum Depression is common and it happens to even the most mentally balanced woman.
Antenatal Depression (AND) is Depression that occurs during pregnancy. It can strike at any time during the pregnancy but seems to become more pronounced during the third trimester. Around 10% of mums-to-be are affected – with women who have suffered from depression or anxiety previously at greater risk – and those figures could be set to rise if women aren’t given the help and support they need to recognise and overcome the illness.