It is common for women to experience tearfulness and heightened emotions 2 or 3 days after giving birth. This is known as the baby blues which usually lasts about 48 hours and no longer than 2 weeks.

Postnatal Depression is a much more severe and longer lasting depression which more than 1 in 10 women suffer after giving birth, typically starting within the first few months, but sometimes longer. It is not a sign of failure or weakness, it is simply a complication of giving birth which can be managed and cured with prompt medical treatment.

In the following videos mums who have suffered from Postnatal Depression reveal the many different symptoms they experienced and their reasons for not even realising they were suffering from it and why they wish they had sought help sooner.

TOP TIP: The sooner you seek help the better as, the longer it is left untreated, the rapidly worse it can become. If you have any suspicions or doubts as to whether you or someone you know might have Postnatal Depression, do not delay seeking reassurance or medical assistance from a Health Visitor or GP.

To learn more about postnatal depression go to NHS Choices and Family Lives.

The following is a list of UK organisations that provide free comprehensive information, advice and support about postnatal depression and perinatal mental health issues.

Association for Post Natal Illness: The APNI run a helpline for anyone who needs support and advice about postnatal illness. Their helpline is answered by women who have themselves in the past suffered from postnatal illness but are now fully recovered. Their confidential telephone helpline is open from 10am-2pm Mon to Fri. They also offer online, email and postal support.
Go to Association for Post Natal Illness

PANDAS Foundation UK: The PANDAS Foundation help to support and advise any parent who may be experiencing a perinatal illness, including Prenatal or Antenatal Depression; Postnatal Depression; Pre/Postnatal Anxiety; Postnatal Psychosis; Postnatal PTSD or Birth Trauma; Pre/Postnatal OCD. They also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering from a perinatal illness. They also run a telephone helpline which is open from 9am-8pm every day.
Go to PANDAS Foundation UK

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