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Postnatal Depression

Allowing You to Enjoy Parenthood  

Postnatal depression generally occurs after a baby is born and can turn very serious if you don’t get the proper support.

When experiencing postnatal depression, you start to feel like you can’t cope, you may have negative thoughts, and in very severe cases you may cause harm to your baby.

Pregnancy and birth places a lot of stress on a new mother before and after the baby is born. This additional stress can become too much for many mothers.

This can cause them to become overwhelmed with looking after their baby, leading to depression. Did you know that 7 in 10 mothers will experience postnatal depression?

You don’t have to live with postnatal depression. There is help available and you can enjoy and love your baby how you want to.

Common Signs of Postnatal Depression

  • Negative thoughts towards the baby and your own life.
  • Low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
  • A feeling that your life is meaningless.
  • Feelings of guilt and of inadequacy.
  • The feeling that you’re unable to cope with your new responsibility.
  • A low sex drive and avoidance of intimacy.
  • Increased irritability and tearfulness.
  • Difficulty getting to sleep or you may see changes in your sleeping pattern.
  • A loss of appetite where you may skip meals or just eat a little bit.
  • An increase in heart palpitations, panic attacks and anxiety.
  • Difficulty remembering things and concentrating.

Your Approach to Getting Better

Negative thoughts, the feeling like you can’t cope, and tears are all normal and common signs you may be experiencing postnatal depression.

However, you don’t have to travel this road alone. There is hope.

By understanding you may have postnatal depression, it’s the first step in getting the help and support you need.

The next step is telling those around you how you’re feeling and asking them to help you get the support needed.

The third step is calling a professional psychologist in Victoria who specialises in postnatal depression.

Postnatal depression doesn’t have to be your life after having your baby. Counselling can help you believe in yourself again and help you love and enjoy your baby like you deserve to.

How Can Post Natal Depression Start?

The onset of postnatal depression can arise for many reasons. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • A stressful pregnancy or birth that was of high risk to the mother or baby.
  • A stressful and demanding home life where support isn’t available.
  • If the baby passed away during or after childbirth.

Postnatal depression doesn’t have to be your new life with your baby. Allow us to help you regain control over your emotions and way of thinking. We’re here to help you love and enjoy your baby again.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256