Lola BarbourPsychotherapy and Life Coaching in South West London

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Post Natal depression.

Tennis Star Serena Williams has been talking about her struggles with post natal depression- during an interview to Sky News on 31st May 2018- Serena noted that:

"I think people have to talk about it more because it's almost like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy.

"I remember one day, I couldn't find Olympia's bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be perfect for her."

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.

It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common.

It's important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.

With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.

Symptoms and warning signs that you or someone you know might be depressed include:

*a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood

*lack of enjoyment and loss of interest in the wider world

*lack of energy and feeling tired all the time

*trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day

*difficulty bonding with your baby

*withdrawing from contact with other people

*problems concentrating and making decisions

*frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby

Many women don't realise they have postnatal depression, because it can develop gradually.

If you think you suffer from any of the above please feel free to contact me for a consultation.

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