Peri – Natal Anxiety and Depression
This week Nov 19th is PND Post Natal Depression Awareness week.
1 in 5 women in Australia and 1 in 10 men will experience some form of post natal depression or anxiety in the first 12 to 18 months after having a baby. This is most common in the first three months.
The ‘Early Childhood Centre’s’ for mums, available in almost every suburb in Sydney and every town in NSW allows a new mum to access an Early Childhood Nurse.
This free service allows all women to gain help and knowledge about being a mother and have time to talk about any concerns they may have. learning to breast feed, settle your baby and deal with severely disrupted sleep can make mums feel blue.
PND is NOT a mental DISEASE. It is a physiological imbalance of hormones that can have mild to severe mental health issues. It is really important to talk to your partner, doctor and childhood nurse if you feel you are not coping.
Research conducted by the University of Melbourne and a local hospital in 2010 with 161 post natal women, showed that an early post natal exercise physiotherapy – led Exercise and Education program in the form of an 8 week ‘Mother & Baby’ class lowered the risk of PND by almost 50% in those women who were assessed as being at risk.
This is great news. So all you new mums lets get moving…Come to my Mums and Bubs class at Northbridge Sports Focus Physiotherapy.