The link between sleepless nights and postnatal depression is real. We don’t talk enough about mental health and we need to be more aware of the signs. PND can happen to anyone, you don’t have to have a history of mental illness to suffer this. It can be terrifying and lonely and is more common that you may think.
Postnatal depression is not a sign of weakness, it is not something to be ashamed of or something that can be controlled. If you are a new Mama or you know a new Mama then look out for these signs:
If you think you or someone you know is suffering then talk to your health provider – Midwife, Plunket nurse or Doctor to see what you can do, don’t be afraid to ask for help. PND is serious so don’t wait – get the help and support for yourself or your loved one as soon as you can. If you need help with your baby’s sleep I can help.
Find out more about PND at https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/a-z/resource/26/postnatal-depression