I’m worried about depression

Q I’m 38 weeks pregnant. I had postnatal depression after the birth of my son and I’m worried that I’ll get it this time, too. How can I stop it happening again?

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Midwife Nikki replies: Postnatal depression (PND) affects about one in 10 women – and a previous history can make you more vulnerable.

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However, the reasons you were depressed last time may no longer be issues and, as this is your second baby, you should be more prepared.

Having a supportive network of family and friends, who know your history, is a great starting point. Recruit them to look after you by helping with meals and the baby so you can catch up on sleep.

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Also, watch for the PND warning signs, such as excessive tearfulness and loss of appetite.

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