Women are more likely to suffer from post-natal depression during coronavirus pandemic, new research suggests

But a study, published in the journal Frontiers in Global Women's Health, found that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated those struggles. “Sleep deprivation, due to not having a break through the night or the day, physically and practical help and also socialising and meeting other parents to share experiences. PANDAS says symptoms of PND can include but are not exhaustive of:  Struggling to bond with baby  Feelings of worthlessness and lack of self esteem Persistent feelings of anxiety and very low mood Wanting to self isolate and not socialise  Excessive dark and frightening thoughts  Lack of appetite or over eating “We are so reliant on social media and its important to control what you are being put in front of,” explains Belasco. “Positive, motivational and comparison free social media sites would be advised to anyone who is experiencing perinatal mental illness as a risk to induce anxiety and depression.” For you and your baby. Belasco says it is important to ensure that you have a list of aims that you can tick off throughout the day, without putting too much pressure on yourself to ‘keep up’ or get everything done.  According to Powell it can really help to surround yourself by a reliable support network. “It’s so important that you arrange frequent discussions with peers and likeminded women who know exactly how you feel, even virtually, to keep in regular discussion.” Powell suggests new mums should try to stay connected with those they are closest with, such as the child’s grandparents and close friends. Opening up and talking to just one person who you feel safe and confident in being heard without judgment can raise spirits in the short and longer term,” adds Belasco.