Reader Letter: My advice for the baby blues

PUBLISHED: 14:58 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:58 30 May 2018

Sweet newborn baby sleeping on a white knitted blanket (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Sweet newborn baby sleeping on a white knitted blanket (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)


One reader has some useful advice for mothers suffering with postnatal depression. Do you have anymore tips to add?

After I had my first child I suffered from the baby blues.

I was exhausted and being an older mum my baby had stolen all of my nutrients and sleep, so I became ill. I didn’t have a very good support network, so I was told a week or so in hospital would be a good idea. Sadly I could not take my baby with me, so I didn’t stay there long as my main ambition was to get well as soon as possible and return home to my family.

In hospital I didn’t learn anything about getting well sooner. I now know that a high nutrient eating plan was all I needed with a high dose fish oil and lots more protein foods, healthy fats and fruit and vegetables and less pasta, rice, bread and hidden high sugar foods, which are low nutrient foods that provide energy but not much else. Wheat/gluten is very bad for mind health.

When we are stressed as mums, we tend to fuel on energy foods and drinks to get through the long days and nights.

I hope when the new mother and baby unit opens at Hellesdon next year they will be teaching the new mums this and not just handing out anti-depressants as they did to me.

There are no short cuts to health and getting off these addictive prescriptions is quite a battle with withdrawal symptoms. At present Hellesdon has food brought in and no nutritionists working there.

Has Lynn’s advice helped you? Do you have your own words of wisdom to share? Let us know in the comments below or contact us via

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