Leading up to Mother’s Day, I thought it was a great excuse to draw attention to this awful illness. An illness that affects 1 in 7 women in the UK. It’s a subject close to my heart, I’ve suffered from it myself (the reason why I started Bare Biology after finding a solution in oily fish) and my mother spent time in hospital with postnatal depression.
Although mental health awareness has improved massively, too many mothers still feel a sense of shame and find it difficult to talk about their experience and get the help they need. I certainly felt I had no reason and, crucially, no right to feel depressed. I had two beautiful, healthy children. I was so lucky and blessed. There are women who would give their right arm to be able to have a child. So why did I feel so utterly miserable and why did I think my children would be better off without me? I had a mild type of postnatal depression but, in some cases, it can lead to suicide.
I believe we need to talk about it way, way more than we do so women who are suffering can recognise what’s going on. So they know it’s very common and they’re not abnormal. So they can seek help and start to get better.
For the next month, we’re going to run a series of articles written by experts in nutrition, fitness and psychology and we’re donating 10% of all sales of our pregnancy Omega 3, Bump & Glory, to a wonderful charity called PANDAS.
The PANDAS Foundation offers peer support through a helpline, online community and local support groups. We’re really delighted to support this very important cause and PANDAS have provided some really helpful information which you’ll find in our magazine.
We’re donating 10% of all sales of our pregnancy Omega 3, Bump & Glory, to PANDAS - the wonderful postnatal depression support charity.
We’ve also lined up a panel of experts who’ll share their expertise and tips on how to spot postnatal depression, how to cope with it and how to get better.
Our PND panel of experts
Zara Stella, a registered nutritional therapist, health coach and Zest for Life practitioner, gives advice on what to eat to help prevent and deal with postnatal depression and shares some easy recipes for time strapped mums.
Mia Scotland, clinical psychologist, birth doula, hypnobirth practitioner and author of “Why Perinatal Depression Matters”, talks about how you can tell if someone is suffering from postnatal depression and advice on how mums can still feel like themselves after having children.
&BreathePostnatal, who offer postnatal retreats for families in London and the South of France, give advice on how to know when you’re ready to exercise again and some tips on bonding with your baby.
I’ll also be talking about my own personal experience of postnatal depression and how I got better, peppered with my usual musings about parenthood in general! In fact, someone asked me what I would like for Mother’s Day and this was my answer:
“I’d like to not have to cook a single meal, wash any school uniform, nag anyone about doing maths homework, wipe a single surface or break up a single argument between my three children. Oh, and a flat stomach please.” Not asking much, am I?
Follow us on social media for all our latest magazine posts and please tell us about your experiences of postnatal depression using the hashtag, #IhadPND. The more people we can get talking about this, the better.