Birth brings joy to the woman, her family and everyone in her community, but this is really not the case for everyone.

Many women feel a bit down, tearful or anxious in the first week after giving birth.

This is often called the “baby blues” and is so common that it’s usually considered normal.

The “baby blues” do not last for more than 2 weeks after giving birth.

If your symptoms last longer or start later, you could have postnatal depression.

Postnatal depression can start any time in the first year after giving birth.

đź”´loss of appetite

đź”´poor concentration

đź”´tiredness all the time

đź”´problems sleeping

đź”´being agitated

đź”´crying easily

Feelings and thoughts you might experience include:

đź”´feeling inadequate

đź”´feeling panicked

đź”´feeling rejected by your baby

đź”´worrying a lot about your baby

The focus of this post is to create awareness that postnatal depression exists and it’s very common. Kindly note that most of our hospitals have Mental Health Units can the condition can be managed. Early treatment is key. Talk to your health care provider if you recently gave birth and has any of these symptoms.

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