Pram Jams with Mary – Perinatal Depression

This month I thought I would write about a very important topic – Perinatal Depression. It can occur from conception until around about 12 months after the birth of your baby and is broken down into Antenatal Depression (during pregnancy) and Postnatal Depression (after the birth of your baby). Everyone is different and show different signs.

Antenatal Depression

When you fall pregnant there are many expectations as to how you should feel. Some people may be feeling some uncertainty about the pregnancy as they may feel it will change their careers, long term goals and create financial problems. It is normal to have fears about the pregnancy and how you will cope with the labour and the delivery. You might also have “mood swings” in the first 12 weeks which may include:

  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • breast tenderness

The second trimester is generally a bit easier as the morning sickness passes and from about your 20th week you may be able to feel the baby move….which is such a special moment. The third trimester sometimes brings the anxiety about the birth, especially if it is your first baby and you don’t know what to expect. Some mums are just coming to the realization of becoming a mum for the first time.

Postnatal Depression

The arrival of a baby is usually a happy time, but it can also be a stressful time for some mums. Many new mums are unaware that mood changes after childbirth are very common. Every woman’s experience is different. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Sleep disturbance – women with postnatal depression often lie awake for hours feeling anxious whilst their baby sleeps
  • Crying – they might just cry for no apparent reason
  • Inability to cope – doing the daily chores and caring for the baby might overwhelm them
  • Anxiety – women might feel anxious and panic without cause
  • Loss of confidence and self-esteem – women who enjoyed their jobs might panic at the thought of going back to it and they might panic at the thought of visitors

If you are suffering from some of these symptoms or know someone who is PLEASE try and talk to someone about how you feeling. Let your doctor or health nurse know and they can try and help you and they might suggest counselling. There are a number of programs available to anyone who needs it. One of them is Black Swan Health

Please don’t suffer in silence, make that phone call or talk to someone.

Books about Perinatal Depression

We have a large selection of books in the library and the ones I have selected are:

As it’s a Pram Jams post, I thought I should include a rhyme

The rhyme I have selected this month is:

If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

If you’re sad and you know it…
If you’re mad and you know it…
If you’re shy and you know it…
If you’re tired and you know it…

I look forward to seeing you all at Pram Jams in the New Year. Pram Jams starts again in February.


Mary

Author: Mary

I co-ordinate the Home Library Service out of Spearwood Library and also run the Pram Jam session at Spearwood Library and help out with the childrens activities. I love reading and hearing about new authors and books so please come in and say hi

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