Becoming a parent is exciting, fun and thrilling in many ways. But it can also be a bit nerve-wracking, scary and frightening sometimes. After giving birth it’s normal to feel emotionally drained and exhausted. The lack of sleep, the hormone overload and the many new impressions you meet when entering parenthood affects the body.
We often talk about “baby blues”. An expression describing the enormous wave of emotions flooding over new moms and dads. This feeling usually passes naturally with time. However, sometimes it can be the first signs of postnatal depression. It’s important to identify the symptoms in an early stage. In this way, you can find treatment quickly and get the right help.
Symptoms of postnatal depression
Postnatal depression symptoms can differ a lot and can vary from person to person. Following are the most common symptoms to keep track of.
- Feeling sad or low for a longer period of time
- Trouble connecting and caring for your child
- Irrationally feeling angry or mad
- Having trouble sleeping
- Being constantly tired
- Having hard time concentrating
- Changes in appetite
- Lack of interest in sex
- Negative and destructive thoughts
- Not enjoying what you usually like to do
- Guilt and/or low confidence in parenting
What can be done?
If you recognize yourself in some or many of the following symptoms it’s important to ask for help. Contact your closest health advisor to get advice and treatment.