Post-natal depression

Having a new baby is both exciting and exhausting. Babies often have issues which cause them discomfort, for example, cradle cap, colic, teething and nappy rash.

For the mothers of newborns, the symptoms of post-natal depression are similar to the symptoms of depression. Yet, additionally, post-natal depression involves having the added guilt of believing you should be enjoying being a new mother and of not wanting to be alone with your new baby, as you tend to feel that you cannot cope alone with your newborn.

Post-natal depression can last for a few weeks or even months, and can begin from anywhere between 1 to 6 months following the birth.
If you have suffered from depression previously, then you are more likely to get post-natal depression. You are also more likely to get it if your baby is not well or if you lack a supportive friend or family network to turn to.

If you think that you might be suffering from post-natal depression, you can talk to your IPSA pharmacist, your health visitor or your IPSA physician about it.
The use of antidepressants to treat post-natal depression can be effective for symptom relief, although some antidepressants can be passed on to your baby through your breast milk, so discuss this with your IPSA physician.