Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

1 in 7 Mums Struggle Daily; Postnatal Depression Can Thrive in an Environment of Love and Joy

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

1 in 7 Mums Struggle Daily; Postnatal Depression Can Thrive in an Environment of Love and Joy

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A FEW years ago when my eldest son was about 11 months old, I was sitting in my GP's office.

I had been sick on and off for weeks.

I was getting about three hours of sleep a night.

I was so tired, run down, worn out and stressed out, I felt it right into my bones.

When my doctor asked me if I was feeling teary all the time, I barely managed a nod before bursting into tears. When it was suggested that I had postnatal depression, a wave of emotion flowed over me.

Not of despair or worry but one of relief. Relief that someone had seen how low I had been feeling. Relief that I could name or put into words what had been happening to me.

It was still a confusing reality. Before now I had only heard of PND in the most extreme cases -- the mothers that can't have anything to do with their children.

But I wasn't experiencing that. I loved my baby more than I could put into words. He made me laugh and smile every day -- was this the picture of a mother with depression?

But even when I wasn't being kept awake by a very unsettled baby, I couldn't sleep.

I barely moved from the couch the entire day. Getting up to get him lunch and change his nappy was a huge effort for me.

I was sluggish, lethargic and also feeling very down. And I was also keeping it to myself.

After my doctor's visit, I was forced to let my husband and mum know the extent of how I was feeling and that I was not really coping.

I finally had to admit that I needed their help, that I couldn't keep going on the way I had been.

A few days after my doctor's visit, I found out I had low iron levels, which was causing a lot of my symptoms. Not long after I started taking iron supplements, a lot of the haze I had been living under lifted.

With a little extra help from my husband and family, things got back to normal. …

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