Have you noticed something different about your partner?

  • Has she lost her smile?

  • Is she exhausted?

  • Is she crying a lot?

  • Is she putting herself down?

  • Does noise irritate her?

  • Is she quick to get angry?

  • Is she withdrawing from her friends and relatives?

  • Is she reluctant to accept help?

  • Is she covering up her feelings?

If you are concerned about changes in your partner she could be suffering from post-natal distress.

Symptoms of Post Natal Depression:

A mother may experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • chronic fatigue

  • tearfulness

  • mood swings

  • anxiety

  • insomnia

  • irregular eating patterns

  • lack of concentration

  • poor memory

  • loss of interest in sex

  • inability to get organised

  • feelings of guilt

  • feelings of being unable to cope with baby

  • negative feelings towards baby

  • general social withdrawal

  • feelings of worthlessness

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Is this common?
A:  Yes. It can affect 1 in 10 women

Q:  Who Can get it?
A:  Any woman can be affected regardless of age, ethnicity or background

Q:  When can it occur?
A:  It generally occurs in the weeks and months after childbirth. However changes may occur in the few weeks before delivery and up to one  year later

Q:  Is it treatable?
A:  Yes. Early recognition and help will lead to both you and your partner feeling better, sooner

Q:  Will she be like this all the time?
A:  No. There will be good days and bad days

Q:  Will it affect our relationship?
A:  Unless it is treated it can cause significant distress in a relationship.

Don't be Mr Fix it

Guys! Don't try to fix it yourself.

It will not go away. If you think something is not right - seek help!

For further information, contact:

Maureen Speedy

The Waikato Family Centre
4 Radnor Street
Hamilton
Phone  07 834 2036