Although there is absolutely no doubt that welcoming a new baby into the world is one of the happiest times of any parent’s life, such a life-changing event combined with a lack of sleep and unpredictable hormones means that is can also be one of the most difficult.
Highlighting just how much of an impact this can have, a new study has found that over half of new mums will experience mild ‘baby blues’ whilst more seriously, almost a quarter will suffer from postnatal depression.
Natural changes in chemicals and hormones means that it’s very common for women to experience mood changes, irritability and tearfulness for approximately two weeks after giving birth. For some however, these symptoms linger and become more severe which is when depression develops.
Worryingly, amongst those who have suffered from postnatal depression, an incredible 62% said that they didn’t get the support or treatment they needed in order to recover. Furthermore, almost half of those who had suffered said they felt isolated whilst going through this because their partners were working and many felt they couldn’t get out and about because there aren’t enough places that can easily accommodate babies and young children.
One of the biggest problems about postnatal depression is that many women are very reluctant to seek help because this is supposed to be a time of celebration and joy and therefore feel it may be inappropriate to feel so down.
The Baby Show, an event which takes place in London every year carried out the survey and is reminding women that it’s completely normal to feel emotional after such an important life event and that there is no shame whatsoever in seeking help if necessary.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with postnatal depression, please feel free to visit our postnatal depression knowledge centre which has more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available.