The hidden toll of motherhood

After I had my second child in April, I went through a season of extreme fatigue and emotional turbulence. More attention given to maternal mental health would have helped.

The number of women diagnosed with postpartum depression under KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Postnatal Depression Intervention Programme doubled from January to September last year, compared with the same period in 2020. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Last May, the Government announced more restrictions on activities like dining in and home visits, over concerns of a rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.

People around me grumbled. I, on the other hand, was indifferent - I was in a different kind of confinement, stuck in a world of sleepless nights and endless breastfeeding.

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