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Postnatal depression is a mental health problem that affects a significant amount of mothers during the first months after childbirth.
According to Health Direct, postnatal depression is defined as the psychological instability affected mothers can experience in the one to 12-month period after delivering a baby. In Australia, a little over 14 percent of all new mothers experience postnatal depression any given year.
Here is a list of symptoms women with postnatal depression can experience:
- having a very low mood
- feeling inadequate and a failure as a mother
- having a sense of hopelessness about the future
- feeling exhausted, empty, sad and teary
- feeling guilty, ashamed or worthless
- feeling anxious or panicky
- having trouble sleeping, sleep for too long or have nightmares
- worrying excessively about their baby
- feeling scared of being alone or going out
Professional tennis legend Serena Williams (pictured) has been very open about the adversities she has dealt with both prior to and after giving birth to her first born daughter, Alexis Ohanian. Williams recently posted on Instagram about the experiences she has faced specifically in the months after becoming a new mother.
“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” Williams wrote in an August 6th Instagram post.
“I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion continued.
There are many support systems out there, which can help mothers deal with postnatal depression. To find out more, visit the link to the first research source for this article listed below.