Here, we select five books that provide an understanding of postnatal depression. From sleepless nights to dilemmas with breastfeeding, being a new mum has a number of challenges that most women approach with anticipation. For some, the adjustment to motherhood may include postnatal depression, which is a type of depression that both parents can experience after childbirth, but is more common in women. According to the NHS, it affects more than 1 in every 10 women within a year after giving birth and its symptoms include rapid mood swings, anxiety and feeling discouraged. A beautifully written account from a novelist struggling to continue as a writer after giving birth. Her description of postpartum depression, which stopped her from writing for a year, is touching, but Elif still manages to find room for humour. This bestselling memoir from actress Brooke Shields, best known for her roles in Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon, is as inspiring as it is moving.
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The books I pack in my hospital birth bags are never the books I later need to have packed. What I need after birth is the literary equivalent of a long, tight hug, a whispered promise that this will pass, that you will be okay. People magazine is needed. Perhaps Us Weekly. I will need stories of justice and heroism, winners winning against impossible odds.
Emily Dryer, a former obstetrics nurse, has seen postpartum depression in real life. Then Diane finds herself pregnant as she receives a long-awaited promotion, while Brian must leave to head a new office in London. The baby blues are totally normal, and between 60 and 80 percent of women experience them. Baby blues almost always begin in the first few days following delivery, but disappear in about two weeks. While new mothers expect to feel bliss, they may instead have symptoms that include teariness, mild anxiety, sadness, exhaustion, irritability, and feelings of vulnerability. These symptoms are likely triggered by hormonal changes, and are no cause for alarm.