A mum who suffered postnatal depression (PND) after the birth of her son three years ago is encouraging people to take a new type selfie, in a bid to break down the stigma of talking about the condition.
Emily Tredget, 30, from South West London, wants mums and those who know a mum who has suffered from PND to take a #ShoutieSelfie, in which they shout into the camera, to show that no one should hide how they are feeling. To tie in with Maternal Mental Health Week [30 April – 4 May], Tredget is determined to remind other mothers suffering from PND that they are not alone.
Tredget spoke to HuffPost UK about her experience of PND after giving birth in 2015: “I was very anxious in hospital after giving birth to my son. I had to see a psychiatrist,” she said. “When I got home I thought I felt better, but I obviously wasn’t right because I can’t remember much of that time.”
When Tredget’s son turned three months old and started sleeping through the night, she stopped sleeping. For the next six months, she survived on just one hour sleep a night. “It was awful,” she says. “I was functioning on nothing, that was the worst time.”
She felt that she was only needed by her son for breastfeeding. “On my worst days, my husband would go to work, my mum would turn up and I would lie in a heap all day,” she adds.