One of the biggest problems for new mums is the sleep deprivation and this can make depression worse. Trying to function on very little sleep will make you irritable and sad.
Nothing can replace the benefit that you get. Donâ€™t worry about the laundry or the washing up â€“ they can wait! Sleep when your newborn is sleeping.
No new mum wants to spend time cooking. Youâ€™re either feeding, changing, enjoying the cute smiles or sleeping. But eating a healthy diet is important to boost your nutrition and make you feel happier.
Ask your partner to cook some healthy meals for you or create some in bulk the night before when you have the energy. It stops you reaching for the unhealthy options instead.
No, you do not need to run a marathon! Just take your new baby out for a walk â€“ it will do the both of you some good.
The exercise helps to release endorphins in the brain, which are the happy hormone. If you can jog or you have the chance to do another activity that you enjoy, get out and do it!
Do you have a pile of washing that needs going? Is there a pile of dishes in the sink? Ask your friends and family for some help.
They will be happy to and they get to see the baby at the same time. There is nothing wrong with taking help â€“ and people want to help new mums!
If your partner is free one day, ask him to look after your newborn and spend the day to yourself. Have a relaxing bath, read a book or just catch up on the sleep youâ€™re missing.
You will soon find that the world isnâ€™t so bad â€“ and you may just miss your little bundle of joyâ€¦
Depression makes you stay inside and hide from the world. The problem is that this makes depression worse and you get this horrible cycle. Instead, get out of the house and meet with your friends.
If you canâ€™t meet them, get them to come to you so they can see your beautiful baby. If you can get out, the fresh air will do you a world of good.
Medical professionals are here to help. In fact, many will check for postnatal depression over the first few weeks.
If you are sad, angry, worried or anything else, talk to your health visitor or doctor about it. They can also assess how bad it is and whether you will benefit from any medication or other help.