Overview, Signs, Symptoms & Treatments
First time parents
Becoming a new parent can be an exciting and nerve-racking time, but as a new parent you may not always experience feelings of joy at the beginning.
The baby blues. New mothers usually get the baby blues in the first two weeks following childbirth. This is generally regarded as normal affecting as many as 8 in 10 women. The change in mood is linked to the hormonal changes following birth, and the adjustment to the huge changes to your life. It is also common for fathers to experience emotional distress following the birth of their child. If the baby blues last for longer than two weeks, seek professional support to help you to manage.
Postnatal depression. Post-natal depression can happen at any time for up to 2 years after giving birth and affects 1 in 8 women. It can be particularly distressing as the expectations of the joy of becoming a new parent are met with the reality of feeling very unhappy and unable to cope. Post Natal Depression can have a significant impact on the person themselves and the wider family but can improve with support.
Signs & symptoms
Treatments that may help
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