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Postnatal depression occurs in up to 16% of women after the birth of their baby. Look out for friends and family with a baby who might be feeling low and encourage them to talk about it and get professional help.

Recognising the signs of Prenatal and Postnatal Depression and Anxiety

The baby blues often occur during the first week after birth and usually last only a few days, but perinatal depression and anxiety is quite different. Symptoms include worrying about absolutely everything, having trouble sleeping, not feeling well or feeling anxious and not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. The important thing is to know how to recognise the signs and seek help early by visiting your GP or Early Childhood Health Clinic.

How to deal with postnatal depression?

Peri-natal anxiety and depression is a condition that can last from several weeks to several months and affects up to 20% of new mothers. Onset can be any time in the first year after birth. Symptoms include overwhelming feelings of anxiety and a depressed mood. Talk to your husband or partner about how you’re feeling – perinatal anxiety and depression can be treated successfully with group support and medication and help with your baby’s needs.

Coping with my baby’s crying

It’s hard to cope when your baby won’t stop crying or is difficult to manage. It can have an intense, emotional effect on you, leaving you feeling exhausted and powerless. Reassure yourself that baby is not crying because of your lack of care. Don’t try and tough it out on your own, reach out for support. Visit your local child and family health nurse, a close friend, or call us here at Tresillian.

Separation anxiety and your baby

By about six to eight months, your baby will totally fall in love with you and now you’re definitely her favourite person! But when you’re out of sight, baby may become anxious, cry and fret for you, even if you’re only leaving the room for a short while. This is a perfectly natural and an important part of baby’s developmental and intellectual milestones. Be there for your baby giving lot of cuddles and reassurance
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