✨Many of us know that depression related to pregnancy and birth can affect mothers but it's important to remember that fathers are at risk as well. This week in November is about bringing awareness around Perinatal Anxiety & Depression.
As many as 1 in 10 expecting or new dads will experience some form of perinatal anxiety or depression (@panda).
My husband in fact experienced post partum depression and anxiety after the traumatic birth of our first daughter. Nothing prepared us for the birth that we had. Our daughter was blue & her apgar score was very low. It was a long labour & I was very unwell near the end. How scary for him not knowing how to support me through this. With no support afterward we were completely left on our own. I was not coping at all & his 2 hour commute took it out of him. Neither of us knew how we were feeling,in fact we really didn’t like each other. We were exhausted,emotionally depleted & disconnected. We had no-one to ask for help but even if we did we didn’t know how to start the conversation. Changes needed to be made & he reached out for help. You can too…
Statistics show depression & anxiety may be more common for those dads who
•have been depressed before
•have less practical,emotional or social support
•feel the burden of financial stress
•experience a difficult birth
•have current or past experiences with drugs or alcohol
•have a sick baby
•find the reality of parenting is different from their expectation
Common physical signs can include:
•lack of appetite
•weight loss or gain.
Changes in emotions & moods can also be a sign,such as feeling;
•sad •guilty or ashamed
•agitated,anxious or angry
•isolated or disconnected from your partner,friends or family •overwhelmed,out of control & like you can’t cope
•unable to enjoy things you used to
There are resources available to you such as beyond blue. Here on the Central Coast a local dad has started an amazing group called the @dilf.club ,meet like minded blokes while your kids have a play. Lean on the people who care about you. Know that it’s OK to ask for help✨
Tag a dad below to let them know u care🧡