Before giving birth
There are things you can pay attention to during pregnancy. Simone explains: ‘Anyone can get postpartum depression. But women who previously or more often had depressive complaints are more sensitive.’ If you think you are at greater risk, it is important to discuss this. ‘Talk about it with your midwife, for example. She can help you and work with you to see what you need,” says Simone.
What is postpartum depression?
After giving birth, few women immediately experience the ‘pink cloud’. ‘Many mothers do not feel well in the first week after birth. This is due, for example, to the different rhythm or little sleep. Especially during the fourth to seventh day after delivery. That’s part of it,” Simone explains. It is important to keep an eye on these complaints if they do not diminish after a week. “Being extremely tired, not feeling like doing anything, feeling worthless and having trouble enjoying the baby are all symptoms of postpartum depression,” says Simone.
I think I have postpartum depression
‘It is important that mothers know that they have nothing to be ashamed of. 1 in 10 mothers has postpartum depression. Talk about it with the people around you and with the midwife. “If you talk about it you can get good help,” says Simone. The midwife can help you, refer you or in some cases even request extra care. Sometimes you only realize later that you have complaints. Please contact your GP.
Tips for people around you
When someone you love has postpartum depression, it’s sometimes hard to know how to help. ‘Listen carefully to the mother without judging. Ask how she is doing and not just about the baby. Talk about it if you’re worried,” Simone advises. You can also help by doing something for the mother, such as making food or delivering groceries. “The most important thing is that she notices that you are there for her,” Simone concludes.
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