The New Zealand Herald

POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

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Things for loved ones to ask to open the conversati­on

● How are you finding bonding with the baby?

● On a scale of 1-10 how has your mood been today?

● How many times have you cried today?

● How many times have you cried over the same thing?

● How are you finding the role of motherhood? You can be open with me, I’m not going to judge you.

● Are you having any negative thoughts?

● Is that something that would be useful to bring up with your midwife?

Symptoms of postnatal depression can include:

● Feeling low, sad, or depressed

● Having thoughts about harming yourself or the baby

● Losing interest or pleasure in usual activities

● Becoming irritable or angry for no reason

● Not feeling bonded or connected with your baby

● A change in sleeping patterns, even when baby is settled

● Feeling anxious or panicky about the baby

● A change in appetite

● Decreased energy and fatigue

● Feeling worthless or guilty

● Having thoughts of helplessne­ss or death

● Having trouble thinking clearly Feeling anxious

Where to get help

● Contact your midwife or GP if you have one

● Call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

● Call PlunketLin­e 24/ 7: 0800 933 922

● Depression helpline: Freephone 0800 111 757

● Healthline: 0800 611 116 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week and free to callers throughout New Zealand, including from a mobile phone)

● Lifeline: 0800 543 35

● Samaritans: 0800 726 666

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