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Healthy pregnancy by Lynn Huggins-Cooper, Infinite Ideas

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48. The black dog visits

Winston Churchill called his depression ‘the black dog’, and if it scratches at your door postnatally, you’ll need some help and support.

Up to a third of mothers suffer from postnatal depression. It does not always occur immediately after the birth. In fact it may develop over the course of the following year.

It is important to seek help from your partner, health visitor or doctor if you feel depressed. You are not alone.

Who is at risk?

Unsurprisingly, you are more at risk of postnatal depression (PND) if you have an unsupportive spouse and a poor support network – no family or friends who can help you. Other triggers for PND are financial difficulties, problems with older children or if you have had several ...

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