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Most women experience the baby blues, some tearfulness and low mood a few days after birth, but if your problems persist you may be suffering from postnatal depression or another perinatal mood disorder. Symptoms are different for every mum but may include:
A very small number of mothers experience a rare but more severe mental illness called puerperal or postpartum psychosis. You can find more information about symptoms and where to get help on the NHS website and with Action on Postpartum Psychosis.
“The success of MumsAid's work really is impressive, it is wonderful to read the feedback from the Mother's you have worked with and the professionals you have trained.” Monitoring Officer, Dept of Culture Media and Sports Aug 2019
With the right support, postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health issues including anxiety, obtrusive thoughts and PTSD from birth trauma are very treatable. You should seek professional help if you are:
Our Useful links page also has details of websites and organisations providing relevant information and support on maternal mental health.