In a bid to help mums who suffer from postnatal illness (PNI) in Hertfordshire, a specialist support service was set up in September 2003. The voluntary service was created by
Here at Hertfordshire Postnatal Illness Support we have come up with our top tips for surviving the festive period when postnatal illness is still prevalent.
Don't try to see too many friends and family during Christmas as this may leave you feeling exhausted.
Don't feel pressurised to buy so many presents for your baby/children that the room looks like a toy shop! Children can feel overwhelmed when there are too many things in front of them.
Don't buy presents which need to be put together on Christmas day. Do this beforehand so you are not panicking about screw drivers and batteries!
If cooking seems too much, then buy the ready prepared meals from M&S or Icelands. There won't be much washing up either as it all comes in foil containers!
If you are feeling fragile on Christmas day call a friend or someone close to you who you trust so that you do not feel alone.
You are not the only one feeling isolated or alone during this festive period. Hertfordshire Postnatal Illness Support is here to help you and so are the following telephone support lines:
Hertfordshire Postnatal Illness Support: 01727 826627/01727 823466Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90