The birth of a child is emotionally taxing at the best of times, but for Nicki Jeffery things were made even more complicated by severe postnatal depression. Nicki has written a book about her experiences to help encourage other mothers going through the same thing.
Five months after giving birth to her second child, Nicki experienced post-natal psychosis. This is a serious mental illness that left her in hospital for some weeks. It was a difficult time, with her husband at home with their baby and their toddler.
Nicki has also written a blog post for Treasuring Mothers. You can read that HERE >>>
Show Notes – Surviving Postnatal Depression
- Nicki explains there was some family history of mental illness, with other family members experiencing depression.
- Post-natal psychosis is as common a condition as Down’s Syndrome. That’s around 1 in every 1000 women suffering.
- Doctors found it difficult to get the right medication for Nicki, although they managed it eventually. Nicki remained on medication for five and a half years.
- Nicki found it important to take a holistic approach to her health. She also focused on spiritual as well as physical health.
- Although the season was a tough one, it strengthened her relationship with hr husband, and their faith grew through the battle.
- Nicki is passionate about encouraging other mums and helping empower them through postnatal depression. If you are in this place right now, you CAN get through this season.And you WILL overcome!
Are you struggling with postnatal depression? In Australia you can find help here…
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