Baby Blues and postnatal depression

Baby Blues and postnatal depression

During pregnancy, the hormones in a woman’s body, such as progesterone and oestrogen, run wild. After giving birth, and after the placenta has been removed, the hormones drop back to normal within a few days. These rapid hormonal changes are the main culprits causing "baby blues" after delivery. During the first few days after giving birth, crying fits are quite frequent – but nothing to worry about.

50-70% of all mothers get the «baby blues» during the first three to five days after giving birth. They are touchy and often sad. However, there are also cases of severe postnatal depression and psychosis, which are caused by a number of factors. Postnatal depression affects about 10% of all mothers, usually during the first few weeks or months after giving birth. Psychotherapy usually helps. Postnatal psychosis is very rare, only found in one or two out of every 1000 births. If you suddenly feel like crying, don’t hold back. Sometimes it helps to talk to other mothers in the same situation. Find a self-help group or talk to your doctor or your midwife.

 

Switzerland

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Aargau

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Basel-Landschaft

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  • At the moment we know of no special offer. Please contact your family doctor or your midwife for more information.

Basel-Stadt

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  • The department of gynecological social medicine and psychosomatics of the Universitätsspital Basel offers advice during their consultation hours to women with postnatal Depression: www.unispital-basel.ch

Solothurn

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