When we think of Postnatal Depression, we tend to picture mums at home with their baby struggling with their new life. However did you know Dads can experience postnatal depression too? Postnatal Depression is typically described as depression experienced by parents during the first year after the birth of a child. However, recent research from… Continue reading Dads & Depression
I share a lot of my own journey on this blog but I also wanted to give some helpful information when it comes to postnatal depression. So I thought the best place to start was with the signs and symptoms to look out for. 1 in 7 mums will experience some form of maternal mental… Continue reading Postnatal Depression – Signs & Symptoms
Ok this is a difficult post to write without causing the usual debate which 99% of the time turns into breast vs bottle war. I don't want or intend this to become a one side is better than the other argument. Also before I continue - I've done both breast and bottle, this blog post… Continue reading When Breast Isn’t Best For Mother
I recently did an interview about my experiences with postnatal depression, and I've spent a lot of time reflecting and reliving my journey. I was surprised it had stirred up some emotions, but it's also helped me heal and make peace with myself. I have been reading and watching things online which I have found… Continue reading Making Peace & Letting Go
When I was pregnant with my first baby I was so optimistic about the future. I was newly married, we had just moved to a new home and I was finally fulfilling my dream of becoming a parent - I couldn't wait for the next stage of my life. Soon after she was born though… Continue reading Mourning My Old Self & Learning To Love The New
Last weeks #pndhour run by 'PND & Me' was about intrusive thoughts and it got me thinking about my own experiences, while anxiety and depression were my main battles, the intrusive thoughts fuelled these. During my late teens I was treated for mild OCD, it was always worrying about death and how I could prevent… Continue reading Intrusive Thoughts & OCD – Battles In My Mind
I suffered severe anxiety alongside my PND - the two fed off of each other and I was trapped in an endless loop of negative feelings. When I first started having panic attacks I had no idea what was happening to me. My heart was racing, it felt as though it were going to explode… Continue reading Anxiety, Panic Attacks & Obsessive thoughts – oh my!