What is Antenatal and Postnatal Depression?

You may see percentages, statistics and other figures, but here we would like to say to you, woman to woman, firstly to say they are an illness, prolonged feelings and can affect women in different ways, with symptoms similar to depression. Secondly to say you are not alone, we are here to support you.

From the team's varied experiences and mothers who we have supported, it seems that PND is commonly known for its common occurrence after birth yet not really spoke about during pregnancy. Additionally AND is not spoke of at all and the Antenatal time has the perception as being the happiest time with so much to look forward to.

 

From experience we understand that women have a few or many symptoms, occurrences during pregnancy, after any pregnancy not simply the first, we have also seen women showings signs of PND at a later stage than the initial weeks and months post-birth and we endeavor to be here for whenever a woman needs support on any part of her journey.

What are the symptoms of Antenatal Depression?

Symptoms can vary, with some experiencing a few, some or all, that include but are not limited to those below:

  • prolonged feeling of sadness 

  • feeling emotionally detached or no feelings

  • feelings of guilt and unsure of your own qualities

  • extreme irritability or obessions

  • loss of appetite or an increased appetite

  • problems making decisions

  • feeling anxious or scared

  • impact of relationship changes

What are the symptoms of Postnatal Depression?

Symptoms can vary, with some experiencing a few, some or all, that include but are not limited to those below:

  • prolonged feeling of sadness

 

  • feeling you are unable to look after your baby

  • low energy and always feeling tired

  • feelings of guilt and unsure of your own qualities

  • loss of appetite or an increased appetite

  • problems making decisions

  • feeling anxious or scared

  • difficulty sleeping

  • lack of interest in things you used to enjoy

  • being irritable or obessed

  • feelings of doom or dread

  • difficulty bonding with your baby