Having a baby is usually thought of as a happy time, however as a mother, you may not necessarily feel this way.
What is postnatal depression?
10-15% of new mothers develop a much deeper and longer-term depression known as postnatal depression (PND). It usually develops within six weeks of giving birth and can come on gradually or all of a sudden. It can range to being relatively mild to severe.
The baby blues
You may go through a brief period of feeling emotional and tearful - known as the 'baby blues'. It usually starts within the first week after giving birth and affects about 85% of mothers. New fathers may also feel it. Having baby blues may be distressing, it's important to be aware that it doesn't last long, usually a few days and is generally manageable.