Pre & Post Natal
Post-natal Depression (PND) is what happens when you become depressed after having a baby and is different from the ‘baby blues’. New mothers may also have an existing depression which they have experienced before and during pregnancy.
Sometimes, there may be an obvious reason; often there is none. It can be particularly distressing when the mother has been especially looking forward to having their baby throughout the months of pregnancy. They may feel guilty for feeling like this, or even feel that they can't cope with being a mother. It can last for weeks or several months. Mild PND can be helped by better support from family and friends; more severe PND will need extra help from a GP, health visitor or, in some cases, mental health professionals.
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If you are concerned speak to your midwife, Health Visitor or GP. For help available in Manchester click here