Post-Natal Depression Isn’t Just For First-Time Mums
Trawling through the internet in the early hours of the morning. I came across a wonderful article written by Michelle Kulwicki.
Basically she had dealt with depression throughout her life, so was (kind of) prepared to get post-natal depression when she started having children.
However, it wasn’t until the third child when it reared it’s ugly head.
This is a timely reminder for us all that post-natal depression doesn’t give a sh*t about what number child you are on.
If something happens (or doesn’t happen) during pregnancy or childbirth, those chemicals in your brain (and hormones) can suddenly go off and things change for you mentally.
It’s really important to be aware that this can happen at any time in the first year of having any child. NOT JUST THE FIRST CHILD.
A lot of us talk about getting PND when we have our first child, but no one really says “actually it can happen with any child so just be aware”.
I know a lot of parents out there who message me saying “I was fine until number 2 came along but I didn’t think it could happen so I didn’t say anything”.
This is also a great time to remind everyone that Post-Natal Depression can affect Dads too. Their lives change too with the birth of a child. The statistics might be less, but they still get affected.
If you’ve noticed any of the following, then it might be worth speaking to your GP:
- feeling tired all the time
- getting too much sleep or not enough
- feeling worthless and helpless
- thinking about death a lot
- having no energy and feelings of low self-esteem
- loss of appetite or overeating
- sadness or emotional ‘numbness’
- loss of pleasure in everyday activities
- irritability or anxiety
- poor concentration
- feeling guilty, or crying for no apparent reason
- getting uncontrollably angry all the time
It doesn’t matter if you are the Mother OR the Father – post natal depression can affect either of you.
For more information, check out my Taking The Next Step post.