Getting Over Post-Natal Depression

Getting over post-natal depression

Getting over post-natal depression is possible and I really want women to know that as I know how truly awful the condition can be. I am writing this post to talk about some of the signs of post-natal depression that families, friends and colleagues can look for, I will also highlight some of the tools that can help a mum going through post-natal depression. I am hoping that mums who are starting to recover but might not feel that will be given hope by this post as highlight some of the signs mums are on the mend.

Getting Over Post-Natal Depression

Signs of post-natal depression

Poor personal hygience
Finding it hard to throw the duvet back in the morning
Never getting thrilled about anything
Seeking out darkness
Being scared of other people

Things that help women in getting over post-natal depression

Online support via social networks and mum groups like Net Mums and Mumsnet
Baby steps and not expecting too much of yourself
Writing or blogging it out can be helpful

Talking therapies

Getting Over Post-Natal Depression


What happens when you start to recover from post-natal depression?

Even in tiny ways you will start to feel like a somebody rather than a nobody. It is so easy to lose sight of yourself as a mum.
Tackling health issues such as needing to lose weight or gain weight
Investing in treats for yourself
Looking after yourself
Not accepting everything people dump on you
Noticing light and that there really is one at the end of the tunnel
You realize your story can help others
You stop always putting other people first
You start to say yes to positive experiences rather than hiding from them
You know you can make a fresh start
Expressing your thoughts and feelings and saying what you need
Recognizing your own talents, skills qualities and achievements
You realize you are not alone
You stop self-medicating with booze or other negative influences

Is it worth seeking help for post-natal depression?

There is lots of help out there both medication and talking therapies – neither define you as bad or mad although your poor friend depression might try to convince you of that until you get better
You will enjoy parenting in a much fuller way when you start to recover.
You will also be a better parent to your children although you are a good enough mum right now
You can make up for the dark days by making new and positive memories for you and yours

What needs to change?

Better recognition of the signs of post-natal depression
More resources for mental health services
More recognition and support for mums in the workplace

I know about getting over post-natal depression because I have done it but it was a long battle and I want to speed the recovery period up for other mums if I am able to do so.



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  • Mrs Mummy Harris

    I am currently coming out of PND and completely agree that changes need to be made. Unfortunately, the NHS is struggling and although there are things in place, whether budgets allow for them to be utilised is another thing. #thatfridaylinky

  • Kelly-Anne | Mimi Rose and Me

    Yes, changes need to be made. My sister suffers from PND and it makes me so sad to see her this way. I try my best I can to try and support her and it makes me sad that there isn’t always the support there with the NHS after the birth of a child. Lets hope for change! #KCACOLS

  • Peachy and her Mommy

    Good on you for trying to reach out to other moms who may be struggling. Since there are so few resources we really need to be there for eachother. It’s a nice change of pace from the mom shaming and competing that tends to happen. I hope this is the start of a new supportive environment for moms. Good job on helping bring this more positive environment into reality. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  • Ojo Henley

    Such a lot of good advice in this post, for something that is not talked about nearly enough! I didn’t know I had PND, on my 2nd boy, it was actually a supervisor in work that noticed. I am grateful every day for the push she gave me x

  • Debs

    PND is so misunderstood – so many women feel that they are just failing at being a mum.
    Thanks for sharing these great tips, I really hope someone who is struggling with PND finds your post and realises they are not alone

  • loopyloulaura

    I hope that this post brings peace and inspiration to others that may be going through PND and can’t see a way out. Self care isn’t selfish and our children need us to take care of ourselves so that we able to care for them. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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