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Self-Help Tips for PND – by Vikky Leaney

The first thing to do if you are concerned about potentially having Post Natal Depression (PND) is talk to your partner first and then your GP and/or Health Visitor. Don’t feel like you are being silly. My mantra is always ‘It is better to be safe than sorry’. Your health care professional will discuss treatments with you, this may include medication and/or talking therapies. There are however some things that you can do to help yourself alongside any prescribed treatment, or even if you are just feeling a little frazzled by motherhood, see below for some ideas. I have also included a list of links to various organisations etc. at the bottom of the page that are mentioned throughout the blog.


Having a baby changes not just your body, but your life. You will feel different, your hormones are still settling down and your social life has completely changed. But this does not mean that you have to just sit at home being a mum, you are still a person in your own right. I know what it is like to not want get out of bed, to not even want to be awake and you may snort when I suggest that you do some exercise. I can however, promise you (from personal experience) that you will feel better after some of my below suggestions. I am not suggesting that you will be cured, but you will feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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