Postnatal depression is a type of depression some women experience after they have had a baby. It usually develops in the first four to six weeks after childbirth, although in some cases it may not develop for several months.
Postal natal depression can be caused by a number of factors such as:
Women might be more at risk of developing post natal depression if they:
It is estimated around one-in-seven women experience some level of depression in the first three months after giving birth. There are many symptoms of postnatal depression.
Key symptoms are:
Many women are not aware they have the condition. It is important for partners, family and friends to recognise signs of postnatal depression as early as possible and seek professional advice.
It's very important to understand that postnatal depression is an illness. Postnatal depression needs to be properly treated and isn't something you can just snap out of.
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