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Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression is a specific type of depression that affects parents within the first year after the birth of a baby. It affects more than 1 in 10 women, and can affect partners and new fathers too. Women often experience a low mood and tearfulness after birth, often referred to as the "baby blues". However, the baby blues are short-lived. If your symptoms last longer than two weeks, or start later, then you may be experiencing postnatal depression.

Symptoms of postnatal depression can include:

  • persistently low mood or feeling sad

  • feelings of anxiety

  • feelings of worthlessness or failure

  • lack of enjoyment, interest or concentration

  • difficulty bonding with your baby

  • feeling tired all the time

  • withdrawing from contact with other people

  • experiencing frightening thoughts about death or suicide

  • experiencing frightening thoughts about death or suicide

Steps2Wellbeing offer help in coping with postnatal depression for new parents, enabling you to get back to feeling good again.