Lifting mood after childbirth

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Becoming a new mum, whether it’s your first, second or third time can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. During pregnancy and after childbirth, your body goes through quite a few physical, emotional and hormonal adjustments, and many women’s expectations of being a capable and happy mother can change to feelings of unhappiness as the reality of exhaustion, irritability, stress, low mood and sleep deprivation begin to take effect.

Postnatal low mood

Many women feel confused and uncomfortable about experiencing sadness or low mood after childbirth, after all, isn’t having a baby all about being happy and content? Not so for 1 in 7 new Australian mothers each year. Ongoing low mood following childbirth is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ which affects 8 in 10 Australian women each year. The ‘baby blues’ is a mild and short-lived mood disturbance where you may feel anxious or weepy between the third and fifth day following childbirth.

Postnatal low mood is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ and may start anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 year after childbirth, taking many new mothers and their families by surprise. Postnatal low mood can affect women in many different ways, although the combination of hormonal influences and increased stress levels in conjunction with possible nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and breastfeeding have been implicated.

Signs & symptoms postnatal low mood

Signs and symptoms to look out for can be many and varied. If you think you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for a period of two weeks or longer, seek help from your healthcare practitioner. Early intervention leads to a faster resolution, helping to reduce the amount of time you suffer from postnatal low mood. Signs and symptoms may include:

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addressing baby blues naturally

Monday, 12 October 2015

baby bluesBecoming a new mum can be an exciting and nervous time. There are so many new skills to learn and challenges to overcome looking after your new bundle of joy. During pregnancy and after giving birth your body goes through many physical and hormonal changes and it can feel like the body you once knew so well now changes from day to day. Although you have a new baby to look after, it’s now more important than ever to look after your physical, emotional and mental health to provide you and your baby the right foundations for a healthy and happy future. 

 It’s not uncommon to feel anxious and weepy after the birth of your child. Your body is undergoing many hormonal changes and this may result in a condition referred to as the ‘baby blues’. During this time you may experience mood swings, fatigue, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. These feelings may occur in the week following your child’s birth, reaching their peak on day four to five postpartum. Experts are unsure of the exact reason behind these changes, but believe that fluctuations in hormone levels are the main cause. If these feelings continue one month after the birth of your baby, it’s important to seek help from your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional to ensure you’re receiving the right support.

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Comments | Posted in general health By MHW Team
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