Pregnancy-related depression is not just confined to after the baby’s birth, but can begin during pregnancy, according to the Mother and Baby Unit at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). 

A study recently published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth are more likely to suffer from depression during and after subsequent pregnancies. 

SLaM’s Mother and Baby Unit regularly sees women who have developed depression during pregnancy or a relapse of a serious mental illness triggered by becoming pregnancy. 


Would You Return to Work within an Hour of Giving Birth?

There's an interesting article in today's Daily Mail posing the question, "Would you return to work within an hour of giving birth?" Of course, although one mother did, what the paper is really asking is when is the right time for a UK mother to return to the workplace - and will her career suffer if she takes her lawful entitlement?

It's a question that most women expecting a baby have to ask themselves at some point in their lives and for me it was one of the biggest decisions I ever had to make. In my e-book, Mama Milk: A Breastfeeding Mum's Story, it's just one of the issues I recount.

For me, after my first baby was born, having worked throughout my pregnancy as a supply teacher in a local school, I began to absolutely dread the phone ringing after my six months maternity leave ended. This was 11 years ago. These days, UK mothers can take up to a year off. However, looking back, I can still taste the despair I felt at the very thought of leaving my baby. I knew she'd be in safe hands as her two sets of grandparents were only too happy to take turns minding her, but for me, just the thoughts of leaving her all day was heart-wrenching.

Somewhat fortunately, the phone didn't ring for a few more weeks, but when it eventually did I was in a state. I went back to work and every day it was an effort to keep a smile on my face as I wondered how my daughter was coping. She was having a great time as it turned out - but I wasn't.

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Cure for Postnatal Depression?

Dyson_handheld_image I think my sister has just discovered the cure for postnatal depression. Of course, I may be a bit deluded - and isn't that one of the symptoms? But I went to visit her yesterday since I was feeling a bit low (ie depressed) due to the previous night's lack of sleep.

We had a bit of a chat, some lunch and as I was leaving she asked me to have a look at her newest gadget, a little tiny Dyson Rechargeable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner! As I held it she switched it on and commented, "Feel the suction on that" and proceeded to empty the contents of the appropriately named "Crunchy Nut Cornflakes" all over her floor!

As I bent over to clean them up with this little device, I too fell for the power of its suction! It was amazing.

(According to her the only downside she has so far discovered is that it only has enough power for around six minutes continuous use - but it is only meant for small jobs around the house and car. And anyway if I need to do a proper vacuuming job I have my big cleaner for that!)

When she whispered the price to me I balked momentarily (almost £100), before enquiring where she had purchased it. I then asked for directions to the shop and she led in her car!

She even sat in my car with my children as I rushed in to make this impromptu purchase!

(By the way, I had no hesitation in buying Dyson as I have already got a Dyson Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner which I purchased about three years ago and still works like new,  as long as I rinse the filters regularly. And their after-sales service is also great as I discovered when I broke part of the wand whilst cleaning and they posted me out a replacement free of charge even though the cleaner was two years old at that point!)

Honestly, she is wasted. She works long and hard and is by all accounts a very devoted nurse but I truly believe she should be a saleswoman. I was the third person in as many days to purchase the handheld on her advice.

She even made a follow-up call this morning to see if I was happy with it! And when I gushed about how wonderful it was, how I was able to clear up the childrens' breakfast mess without having to go anywhere near the garage for my full sized Dyson Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner she chuckled happily and informed me. "Didn't I tell you I'd found the cure for post-natal depression?"

And I have to agree. It's a little marvel!

(* I am an Amazon affiliate which means that if you purchase this product through my links I will receive a small commission although you still pay the same amount. However, all the above material is true - I did buy it and I do love it and even if I was not an affiliate for Amazon I would still highly recommend this product! And really, you don't have to purchase it through my blog - unless you want to!!)