It is not unusual to have some mood swings after giving birth. After all, new mothers are usually sleep deprived for a while, and they can be extra tired from the rigours of childbirth, too.

But for some women serious depression occurs.

Postnatal Depression affects around 10 to 15 per cent of women a few weeks to a year after they give birth.

Many women are prescribed antidepressant drugs. But are those often side-effect-loaded medications necessary?

Symptoms of Postnatal Depression

Feeling Restless
Being Anxious or Sad
Having a sense of worthlessness
Worrying about hurting themselves or their babies

Some mothers can help themselves through applying common sense as a practical strategy, heart-to-heart talks with other women who have given birth and understand the experiences moms go through taking care of newborns.

But many women feel isolated and do not have other mothers to talk to. They feel alone and often incapable to cope with the demands of motherhood. Postnatal Depression can be lonely, distressing and frightening – but there are many treatments available.

It is very important to seek treatment, as the condition is unlikely to get better by itself quickly, and it could impact on the care of the baby.

My Treatments for Postnatal Depression

Possible causes of Postnatal Depression

  • Physical and emotional stress of looking after a newborn baby
  • Hormonal changes that occur shortly after pregnancy
  • Individual social circumstances, such as money worries, poor social support or
  • Relationship problems
  • Previous history of depression or other mood disorders
  • Previous history of Postnatal Depression
  • Experience of anxiety or depression during pregnancy