Postnatal Depression

Did you know?


  • Approximately 20% of all new mums suffer from some sort of postnatal depression much of which goes undetected due to the lack of postnatal support and due to the stigma attached to PND.
  • One study in Austria showed that 40% of new mums there suffered from some form of postnatal depression.
  • Postnatal depression can be completely un-preceded by any other family history or personal history of depression.
  • Postnatal depression can present itself in various ways from ongoing lethargy(or just not quite your “old” self yet) to dangerously pathological behavior.
  • Postnatal depression can sometimes be mild and caused by chemical imbalance thus be treated by simple dietary changes, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture etc.
  • Postnatal depression is significantly more common in women that have had caesarean sections!
  • Postnatal depression is also more common in women that were not supported adequately during labour and perceived their birth as traumatic.
  • In cases where the baby was separated from the mother at birth, there was an increased incidence of postnatal depression.
  • Mothers that smoke increase their chances of post natal depression.
  • Breastfeeding your baby reduces the chances of postnatal depression.
  • Postnatal depression can present itself at any time within a year after childbirth.
  • Drugs taken to treat postnatal depression have been proven to be safe for breastfeeding mums.

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