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    postpartum depression

    Why is postpartum depression happened to ones who give birth?or it is normal to those who give birth?

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    Dear whiterose,

    Unfortunately around 1 in 5 women will experience postpartum depression after giving birth. Although it is common it is not 'normal' in the sense that it is important to get professional help and support if you think you may be suffering from postpartum depression (this is also called postnatal depression).

    What is normal is experiencing the 'baby blues' which is a temporary low feeling around 3-5 days after your baby is born, typically coinciding with when your breastmilk comes in. However, signs that you are suffering from postpartum depression include:

    - a low mood that you are unable to break out of
    - low energy
    - trouble sleeping
    - not wanting to eat
    - feeling desperate
    - feeling sad for long periods of time

    If you recognise some some of these symptoms after having a baby then you should talk to your doctor. It would also be useful to find a local support group. Keep talking to those around you about how you are feeling and keep asking for help.

    If you are suffering from postnatal depression then it is important to try to continue eating a balanced diet. Taking a multi-B supplement can also help. Try to get out every day and do something active every day too.

    Do you think this is something you may be suffering from? Please don't suffer alone if so - there is so much help available out there. It is not anyone's fault that they have postnatal depression; but things can certainly get better with the right help and support.

    Best wishes,
    LJ

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