Postnatal depression is a type of depression some women experience after having a baby. It can develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, but is often not apparent until around six months. depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around one in 10 women after having a baby. Women from all ethnic groups can be affected. Teenage mothers are particularly at risk. Postnatal depression can sometimes go unnoticed and many women are unaware they have it, even though they don’t feel quite right. The symptoms of postnatal depression are wide-ranging and can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.
Signs and Symptons
Mood changes, irritability and episodes of tearfulness are common after giving birth. These symptoms are often known as the “baby blues” and they usually clear up within a few weeks. However, if your symptoms are more persistent, it could be depression. Some women don’t recognise they have postnatal depression, or they choose to ignore their symptoms because they’re afraid of being seen as a bad mother. If you think that a partner, relative or friend is showing the signs and symptoms of postnatal depression, be supportive and encourage her to see a GP/Doctor. It’s very important to understand that depression is an illness. If you have it, it doesn’t mean you don’t love or care for your baby.
HonaAfrica, an African Film and TV Production Company has produced a short film documenting Zimbabwean women’s experience of post natal depression #PND
Watch the short film below!