Over half of new mothers have experience the “baby blues” after giving birth, with almost a quarter suffering from postnatal depression, a new study has shown.
Natural Changes in chemical and hormonal women commonly experience the so-called “baby blues” - characterised by mood changes, irritability and episodes of tearfulness after giving birth - which often passes after around 10 days.
However, for some women these symptoms will linger and they will develop post-natal depression.
A new study of 1,000 mothers from The Baby Show has uncovered how women often experience emotions including loneliness at what they expect to be one of the happiest times of their lives.
Some 60 per cent of mothers suffered from the “baby blues” after giving birth, while nearly half of those surveyed said they felt isolated.
A further 23 per cent of women said that the “baby blues” developed into some form of postnatal depression.
Laying bare the stark reality of dealing with post natal depression, 62 per cent of women said they did not get the support or treatment they needed to recover from what, at its most severe, can be a debilitating illness.
Almost half of those who said they had post-natal depression said they felt isolated because their partners were working, with one in four saying there were not enough place outside of their home with accommodated babies and young children.
Some 39 per cent of mothers also said that they felt they had lost their personal identify after childbirth.
Quotes on depression
Quotes on depression
1/14 Alistair Campbell
Alistair Campbell: "One day, we will look back and wonder how on earth we used to believe that depression was a lifestyle choice, only to be debated and taken seriously when an A List film star took his life, and the world filled with people saying how shocked and saddened they were. "
2/14 On living with depression
Stephen Fry: "Depression is as real as the weather…it’s all about a kind of mental umbrella. 'Hey-ho, it’s raining inside: it isn’t my fault and there’s nothing I can do about it, but sit it out. But the sun may well come out tomorrow and when it does, I shall take full advantage.'"
3/14 On living with depression
Ernest Hemingway: "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." (He also said "happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know")
4/14 On living with depression
Jonathan Davis: "A lot of people don't realize that depression is an illness. I don't wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it."
5/14 On passing judgement on depression
Geoffrey Boycott: "Until you've had depression I don't think you're qualified to talk about it."
6/14 Jack Dee
Jack Dee: "I have had issues with depression all my life, and it's probably true to say there was a tendency towards it even when I was very young, during my schooldays. There was often - and this is quite common with comics - a sense of not feeling as if I belonged anywhere."
7/14 On living with depression
Jason Manford: "The world needs you even if you don't think it does. I promise, we need you here, now."
8/14 Author Jeanette Winterson
Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.
9/14 On life and depression
Agatha Christie: "I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing."
10/14 On living with depression
Albert Camus: "In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
11/14 On dealing with low mood
Dolly Parton "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
12/14 If you're feeling depressed right now..
Annabel Giles: "If you’re depressed right now, then let's remember that we only have to do today, that's all. Nothing more. We can do just a day, can't we? And don’t forget, we haven't always been like this. The good days will come back. We've just go to do as much as we can, when we can."
13/14 Helen Keller on looking for the positive
Helen Keller: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
14/14 On it happening to all of us
Mariella Frostrup: "Only those with skin as thick as elephant hide can hope to sail through their teens unscathed by self-doubt and bouts of depression."
Wing Yan Lee, Marketing Manager for The Baby Show says: “These results show that whilst having a new baby is meant to be a time of celebration and joy, a large number of mums are struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation.
“Thankfully, it is now much more acceptable to discuss mental health issues and to help raise awareness we are launching a brand new panel at this week’s Baby Show at London Olympia, where experts will be on hand to give advice.
“Our research has confirmed the need to put this taboo subject in the spotlight in order to provide better support for new parents.”
Stressing it is “completely normal” for women to feel emotional after such an important life event, “afar too often, new mums suffer in silence, but help is available.”Reuse content