Antenatal & Postnatal Depression

Rowe Psychology specialises in Perinatal Depression.

Perinatal depression refers to depression occurring within the period covering antenatal (pre-birth) and postnatal (after-birth) depression.
Eighty per cent of women experience the "baby blues". This is a short period of sadness which occurs within 3 to 5 days after birth and is temporary. Symptoms include crying more easily, irritability and being easily upset.

Postnatal depression is a mood disorder which can occur any time in the first year after birth and may begin suddenly or develop gradually. It might last for many months. Postnatal depression affects one in seven women. Symptoms include low mood, exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, feeling unable to cope, anxiety attacks, loss of confidence, fear of being alone and avoidance of social contact.

There are a number of risk factors for perinatal depression.These include a past history of depression or postnatal depression, depression during the current pregnancy, lack of support, stressful life events, a prolonged or difficult labour, delivery complications, or having a difficult baby (e.g.,problems with feeding or sleeping). These are just some of the risk factors.

Different risk factors operate for each woman but it's the combination of factors that precipitate depression, along with physical, hormonal and social factors.

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