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Baby Blues and Postnatal Depression

What are Baby Blues and 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 every new mother will experience. Women can experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after delivery due to physical, biological and emotional adjustments during this period. However, most are able to cope after the initial adjustment period.

What are the signs & symptoms of Baby Blues and Postnatal Depression?

If you experience some of the symptoms listed below which have persisted or have worsened, you are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a doctor or healthcare professional. The symptoms are:

  • Change in appetite (e.g. either eating excessively or having no appetite)
  • Change in sleep pattern (Insomnia/Hypersomnia)
  • Decline in interest in the things which you used to enjoy
  • Lack of motivation
  • Disturbing thoughts about harming yourself and your baby
  • Feeling irritated and angry with yourself or those around you
  • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt and/or worthlessness
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Having difficulty controlling worries
  • Mood swings or low mood
  • Panic attacks
  • Worrying excessively about your baby

Remember that it is not your fault.

Who is at risk of Baby Blues and Postnatal Depression?

Mood and anxiety disorders can happen to anyone. Possible associated factors range from family medical history, hormonal changes, the support you get from partner and family members to other stressors. The earlier you seek treatment, the better the outcome.

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