Signs of Perinatal depression

Perinatal depression can occur anytime from pregnancy through to when the baby is a year old.

Typically those who experience depression in pregnancy are more likely to experience it once the baby is born. It’s really important new and expecting parents are able to access treatment and support as early as possible.
Like any type of depression you’re looking for changes to a person’s usual behaviour. If a person is behaving in a way that is out of character and it persists for more than a fortnight, it’s a good idea to check in to make sure they’re coping.

Signs may include:
  • withdrawal from regular activities and social interactions
  • feeling tearful
  • difficultly sleeping or excessive sleep
  • inability to cope 
  • lack of motivation
  • low mood or feeling numb
  • feelings of inadequacy; failure, guilt, shame, hopelessness, sadness
  • thoughts or suicide or self-harm
Those with a family history of depression or have experienced problems in the past may be more likely to encounter perinatal depression. Stopping prescription medication suddenly or relationship trouble can also trigger depression.

Bupa has teamed up with lead researchers and specialists to develop a new online tool mummatters. It’s a great way for women who are pregnant or recently had a baby to do some simple checks to ensure they’re coping well and provides access to support services if needed.

Bupa Health Insurance

Struggling to cope? Bupa has partnered with the Parent–Infant Research Institute (PIRI) to offer the Parent and Baby Wellbeing Program. Support services are fully covered if you have hospital or hospital and extras cover with Bupa.

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