Depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.
Not once in that sentence do you see the words: failure, lack of, not good enough…..
What postnatal depression relates to is:
– The changes your body is going through. You just grew and birthed a child, and after 9 + months your body now needs to readjust to not having that baby inside of you.
– Hormonal imbalances. Please see above comment – made a baby, body trying to get back to normal but slightly off par and may be missing some hormones along the way (or maybe too many or maybe not enough – see-saw effect, thus – imbalance)
– Fatigue. When I think fatigue, I think exhaustion – bone dry, not another bit of energy left, petrol tank is empty. Fatigue also encompasses sleep deprivation – which is a well-known torture method used in war.
Postnatal depression is not something to be ashamed of. Postnatal depression does not mean that you are a failure or a terrible parent. It does not mean that things will not improve and that you’re alone.
What it does mean is that you need additional support. This support can come in different forms: GP follow up, referrals to appropriate services (Sleep clinics for babies, psychiatrists, early childhood services), medication, yoga and counselling….there are many options.
Postnatal depression does not stop you from loving your children or having a bond with them. What postnatal depression can do is make you aware that you are human, that you need additional support and that the right intervention can turn things around.
Please find below additional links which discuss postnatal depression, symptoms and treatment in depth:
If you, or anyone you know maybe suffering from postnatal depression, please seek medical advice or contact Internal Navigation for additional support or referral pathways.