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Postnatal care

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Perinatal anxiety and depression: Signs and symptoms | PANDA

Perinatal anxiety and depression can be mild, moderate or severe. The symptoms can begin suddenly after birth or gradually in the weeks and months after.

Read more on Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) website

Postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a serious mental illness that can develop soon after you give birth. If you or your partner might have postpartum psychosis, speak with a doctor immediately.

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6-week postnatal check

The 6-week postnatal check is an important opportunity to assess your mental and physical wellbeing and recovery after pregnancy and baby’s birth.

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Adjusting to parenthood - COPE

Becoming a parent leaves many people feeling quite different about themselves, their priorities and even their place in the world as they begin adjusting to parenthood.

Read more on COPE - Centre of Perinatal Excellence website

Looking after your body after having a baby

Over the last 9 months, your body has had to change to accommodate your growing baby and preparing to give birth.

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Emotional health for new parents - COPE

The transition to parenthood is variable – for lots of reasons. As a result the journey into parenthood can have significant and wide ranging impacts on the emotional health for new parents.

Read more on COPE - Centre of Perinatal Excellence website

Your physical and emotional wellbeing

Bringing your baby home can be a wonderful time, but it can also be chaotic and exhausting. Life with a new baby is demanding and unpredictable.

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Mum's first few days after giving birth

A lot happens in the first few days after the birth of your child. Find out what you can expect to happen.

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Your body after having a baby

Your body will go through many changes after having a baby - some physical and some emotional. Find out what to expect and what you can do to recover.

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Postnatal depression

Many women experience the 'baby blues' after pregnancy, but when feelings persist beyond these early days, it may be a sign of depression.

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