It is typically a happy time – welcoming your baby into the world.
But for thousands of mothers, their initial joy can give way to a deep and severe depression.
While around 85 per cent of new mothers suffer the ‘baby blues’, 15 per cent go on to be plagued by postnatal depression.
Much scientific literature has warned against new mothers taking medication, cautioning of the dangers of passing on traces of the drugs, for those who breastfeed.
But scientists at King’s College London have found the benefits of new mothers consumed by postnatal depression taking antidepressants are considerable, and should be considered as a treatment option.
The new study found the drugs can have a beneficial effect, and are linked to better rates of treatment and remission.