Post-Natal Depression (Part 1)

Updated: Nov 23, 2021

Post-natal depression - is it real or just a figment of imagination?

Many women don't realise they have postnatal depression because it can develop gradually. However, it's quite common as it affects one in 10 women who have recently given birth. Learn how to recognise its symptoms before it becomes a more serious problem.

PND often develops within the 1st few months after giving birth, particularly in the first 5 weeks. However, it can start any time during the first year. Depression can suddenly creep up or it could even have been with you during pregnancy and did not lift after the birth of your baby.

The common symptoms include:

  • Low/sad mood

  • Irritability

  • Extreme tiredness with no energy

  • A loss of interest in activities

  • Poor sleep

  • A sense of hopelessness

  • A sense of guilt

  • Lack of appetite

  • Tearfulness

  • Anxiety