At Juno, we are building a platform to enable you to speak privately and confidentially about your concerns from the comfort of your own home with a healthcare professional. In the meantime, we would actively encourage you to speak with your GP if you have concerns.
You might find it helpful to rest, ask for help from family members, make some extra time for yourself, talk things through with your partner.
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Understandably, some women don’t want to speak up about postnatal depression. Common fears include being labelled a ‘bad’ mother and some women fear that social services will take their child away (babies are only taken into care in very exceptional circumstances). Try not think like this… Postnatal depression is an illness and you’re doing the right thing by asking for help.
Can postnatal depression be prevented?
There is no evidence that there’s anything specific you can do to prevent the condition developing, apart from maintaining as healthy a lifestyle as you can for yourself.
However, if you have a history of depression or mental health problems, or if you have a family history of mental health problems after childbirth, tell your midwife or GP. This is so they can offer you appropriate treatment if necessary.