Are you finding it difficult after the birth?
2-3 months after the birth, your healthcare nurse will offer to carry out an interview with you about how you are feeling. For the interview, you will complete a questionnaire. Based on your answers, you and your healthcare nurse will assess together whether you need special support and are at risk of having a postnatal depression.
You can get help
If you have postnatal depression, you will be offered a visit by a specially trained healthcare nurse. Together, you will find out whether a group course at Sundhedsplejen is something for you, or whether you should be referred to other professionals.
What is postnatal depression?
There is a difference between a postnatal reaction (the “baby blues”) and postnatal depression. A postnatal reaction is experienced a few days after the birth and lasts from a few hours to a few days.
Symptoms of postnatal depression can include:
- feeling depressed and sad, and quick to tears
- lacking motivation and interest in your surroundings
- having less energy and feeling exhausted
- having trouble sleeping
- lack of appetite or an increased appetite
- finding it hard to concentrate and memory loss
- lacking self-confidence and feeling a sense of guilt
- blaming yourself
- irritability and outbursts of anger
- immersing yourself in work
- fear of not being a good parent
- fear of being alone, of going out, or of harming your child
- suicidal thoughts.