Health and wellness: How to recognise and overcome Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression (PND) is a type of depression some women experience after having a baby.

Postnatal depression occurs 3-4 days after giving birth. The mother may feel emotional and sensitive or be tearful often for no apparent reason. This is usually due to the fall in hormones after giving birth.

Any mother can get PND regardless of age, religion, ethnic group etc. It does not matter if it is your first baby or fourth.

Linda Lewis, author of the book “When your Blessings don’t count” tells us why Postnatal depression is often referred to as “The Silent Epidemic”:

According to Lewis PND is 30 to 40 percent prevalent in South Africa, it is an epidemic that is often not spoken about.

Very few women come forward because there is so much shame associated with not enjoying the joys of motherhood

Linda Lewis, author

Lewis says she wrote the book because no woman should ever feel alone like she did after the birth of her child.

I felt so alone, I felt so misunderstood in my experience

Linda Lewis, author

Symptoms of PND:

  • Tearfulness, weeping frequently

  • Panic attacks & anxiety

  • Being unable to sleep or feeling exhausted even when you have had sleep

  • Nightmares

  • Flashbacks to your labour & birth

How to overcome PND?

Lewis says her doctor told her that the feelings will pass within a few days. Getting support from friends and family also helps, she says.

Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:


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