Post Natal Depression: Self-care

The Post Natal Depression Support Association has the following advice:

     
  • Don’t be fobbed off with others telling you to “pull yourself together” or “you should be grateful - ”  
  • Speak to someone - your clinic sister or doctor, a post natal support telephone network  
  • Speak to your partner or close friend  
  • Accept that this is not your fault  
  • Ask for help from others  
  • Don’t allow yourself to get exhausted  
  • Plan for enough rest and time off  
  • Prioritise and drop your standards. You can’t do as much as you used to around the home  
  • Join a support group where you can share this experience with others who understand how you feel  
  • Take one step at a time

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Revision date: July 4, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD