Supporting you after you have had baby is important to us
Postnatal depression (PND) can come on gradually over time or it can come on all of a sudden. It ranges from very severe to relatively mild. As with other forms of depression it effects different people in different ways.
Postnatal depression can also affect men. A 2011 study found that like mothers, around one in 10 fathers experienced depression after the birth of their child.
Having a baby can be stressful for both parents, and some fathers feel unable to cope or that they’re not giving their partner enough support.
What causes PND
Research has shown PND can be result of a combination of factors including:
Depression during pregnancy
A difficult delivery
Lack of support at home
Having no close family or friends around you
Physical health problems following the birth
What are the effects of PND?
The sooner you recognise that you or your partner could be suffering from PND and get the support that you need the less likely it is to become a severe or long-term problem.
Both men and woman suffering PND can experience any or all of these symptoms.
Feeling very low, not wanting to do anything having no interest in the outside world.
Feeling inadequate or unable to cope
Feeling guilty about not coping or about not bonding with their baby.
Being irritable with their baby or partner which makes the guilt worse.
Wanting to cry a lot.
Loss of appetite.
Sleep difficulties, not getting to sleep, waking through the night or nightmares.
Having panic attacks .
A feeling of overpowering anxiety.
Physical symptoms such as headaches.
Thoughts of death.
It is normal to have at least one of these feelings from time to time and its normal to have good days and bad days but if you are feeling these symptoms on most days or most of the time and they don’t get better then you could have PND.
PND and Dads
For men, pregnancy and the birth of a new baby can also be a stressful time as they adjust to new challenges. For some men, this can lead to anxiety or depression. This is far more common than most people think and is usually not diagnosed as postnatal depression. The signs of postnatal depression in men are similar to those in women – feeling irritable, stressed, anxious, sleepless and sad.
Prevention of PND involves early intervention. If you’ve experienced depression, mood swings or anxiety in the past, then it is worth making early appointments so that you can be supported to look out for any signs If a low mood or anxiety. See parent coaching for more in
Post natal stage of pregnancy is as important as before birth. Continuing with Reflexology at this time will naturally support your mind, body and spirit returning to a non-pregnant state. An optimum time is within 5 days of birthing, there are so many pressures at this time. The reflexology will give you a chance to take a breath and start to understand what has just happened to you and your body. The beauty of reflexology means you can have a treatment while bonding with baby, soothing, calming and feeding are all possible while having a treatment.
The reflexology treatment will begin to balance the endocrine system to return the hormones to their non-pregnant state. Encouraging the lymphatic system to remove the remnants of pregnancy. Those first few days with breast feeding can be difficult and reflexology can help to release engorgement or boost supply of milk at feeding.
Pelvic Girdle Pain or SPD do not always clear up immediately after birth, if suffered with during pregnancy. Lower back can be brought on by a difficult labour. Reflexology can relax the lower back and pelvic area to aid release of tight muscles and trapped nerves.
Relaxation can help mother and baby bond. Aid in healing the body and promote wellbeing.
Post natal massage can be an uplifting experience, giving you the opportunity to relax and recover from the birthing experience. Labour and giving birth will take their toll on the lower back, buttocks and thighs. You may feel bruised and sore after birth and massage can help relieve tension and muscle pain. Massage can help you regain your identity, helping you feel better about your post pregnancy shape, helping in the reduction of cellulite by increasing circulation and boosting lymphatic drainage. Regular massage can reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the body.
Massage can help after any sort of delivery as the therapist will be guided by you and positioning can be changed so you get the most from the treatment.
Scarring after C Section
If you are unhappy with your C section scar we can help to improve feeling on the scar and surrounding tissue. Visually cosmetic changes can occur. Scars often appear smaller, lighter and less prominent.
The cosmetic effect is delightful and the functional changes can be profound. Natural and surgical scars of any age respond immediately followed by a short period of rapid healing and continued improvement. The improvements are permanent.
Scar tissue quality changes quickly and easily. Lumps, gaps, ridges, holes, bumps, knots, and strings in the tissue rapidly smooth out into a three dimensional fascial web. The work starts with the surface layers and goes into the far reaches of the scar including work with any involved viscera.
Scar work can resolve nerve impairment, numbness, pain or sensitivity.
Split Abdominal Muscles (Diastasis Rectus)
Diastasis of the rectus muscles is not a medical issue. We can help repair the damage to the abdominal muscles without the need for surgery.