Post natal depression

February 12, 2008 9:19am CST
postnatal depression is so common, yet undetected. Mothers dont want to be found out. And if its left untreated it can escalade. Its a downhill battle that can seem endless. Sometimes even though family may notice a change in behaviour they sometimes dismiss it. Its may be misunderstood for just general moodyness, or just the "NORM". New mums and mums to be needs lots of TLC. Lots of reassurance and help and the mums need attention too. After the birth of a baby all attention is focussed on baby- its a daunting experience, made worse when everyone ignores you and walks straight upto new arrival.
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@Darkwing (21590)
12 Feb 08
Strange you should mention this on a day when I've mentioned in a discussion of mine, that I am to gift the mother and father, as well as the baby of a friend. :) I have noted PND in a couple family members; I don't know why, but I seem able to detect it quite easily. Oh, I know mums try to hide it, but there are fairly tell-tale traits. They not only become moody, but they lose interest in their own grooming, and sometimes, can't be bothered to answer baby's cries. They need a little pampering... they feel as though they've lost their partner's attention to the baby, and generally feel washed out. I find that gifting them occasionally with something like a lavender fragranced bath oil and accessories, or a box of chocolates or brightly coloured flowers can help. Lavender is very relaxing and soothing, especially after a tiring day with baby, and will be much appreciated by the exhausted mother. It's also good to invite them around a couple of times a week, when you can have a good old chat, and she can get things off her chest. Show an interest in her, and leave the baby to nap, or kick on a floor blanket, and give her some time. She will always appreciate it and it will give her so much more purpose in life. Brightest Blessings.