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Panic attacks, persistent, generalised worry, feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with day-to-day life, and more. These are just a few symptoms of postnatal depression.
Meet Kirsty. She suffered from postnatal depression four months after the birth of her first daughter, Frankie. During labor she experienced a placental abruption – the placenta detached from the inner wall of the womb, depriving Frankie of oxygen and nutrients. She had an emergency C-section, and little Frankie was in NICU for 5 days before Kirsty could even hold her.
According to PANDA, 1 in 7 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads in Australia experience postnatal depression. Symptoms include panic attacks, persistent, generalised worry often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of baby, sleep problems unrelated to the baby’s needs, extreme leathery, feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with day-to-day life, changes in appetite: under or overeating, increased sensitivity to noise or touch and more.
On top of this, Kirsty also deals with psoriasis when she is stressed and overworked. Kirsty is such a strong woman, and will teach you a lot about opening up about trauma and mental health.
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After all she’s been through, she gave birth to a happy and healthy little girl called Paige earlier this year too. Kirsty is still taking medication, and learning to be mindful, even though she does get a psoriasis flare up every now and again, she’s nailing the mum life.