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My girlfriend and I are both depressed after birth of first child and now she's pregnant again

Jun 12, 2021

DEAR DEIDRE: WE had our first baby eight months ago and since then cracks in our relationship have emerged.

My girlfriend is constantly exhausted and bad tempered with me and I don’t feel I can do anything right.

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I’m 28 and she is 27. We argue about money. She doesn’t want to go back to work but I don’t see how else we can pay the bills.

I’d been feeling really low and then we found out my girlfriend is pregnant again.

We didn’t want another child yet and she had a coil fitted so this has thrown us.

She doesn’t want an abortion and neither do I.

Now I can’t get myself out of this slump. I think I must be depressed.

DEIDRE SAYS: While it is widely known mums can get postnatal depression, there is less awareness that new dads can suffer too.

With relationship problems and financial woes you have plenty of reasons to feel depressed.

See your doctor and tell them how you feel. You can get support at pandasfoundation.org.uk, 0808 196 1776.

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