April Bergin knows the feelings of anxiety and exhaustion many new mothers experience as she has suffered from post-natal depression since the birth of her daughter last September.
This week is World Maternal Health Awareness Week and aims to highlight the prevalence of mental health issues for women during and after pregnancy.
"After Melanie was born, I was flooded with many emotions," says the 38-year-old.
"I was very much in love with her but also exhausted and overwhelmed. I was sleep- deprived too and often tearful and unsure if I had what it took to be a mother.
"After six weeks those blues were not lifting at all and I felt I was tipping into the realm of post-natal depression as I was finding it difficult to cope with feelings of sadness, stress and anxiety.
"My husband, David, was working long shifts, I'm far away from my own family (in Canada) - I realised I had to do something before it got worse."
The new mother underwent sessions with a counsellor and started taking a low dose antidepressant. She also started going to La Leche League coffee mornings where she found support from both leaders and other mothers was invaluable.
Ms Bergin, a psychotherapist, says the sessions helped enormously and would encourage any new mothers who are feeling low to seek advice sooner rather than later.
A new campaign called #Askheragain from the BabyDoc parenting club is urging partners, family, friends and professionals to keep asking women how they are coping during this vulnerable time.
More than 1,800 women in the digital parenting community participated in research which revealed that more than 55pc experienced baby blues in the first three months, 35pc have experienced perinatal depression while pregnant or in the first year of their baby's life, and 39pc felt their mental wellbeing was never addressed while they were pregnant or as a new mother.
During the current pandemic, many women are feeling an increase in their maternal mental health struggles with almost half surveyed suffering from lack of sleep.
More than 66pc felt overwhelmed and anxious, 80pc were tearful and 79pc experienced a low mood.
Ms Bergin said: "Everyone has been so supportive, so I slowly came off the antidepressants and am beginning to have more energy. I'm very grateful I started to feel better before the pandemic hit, as the worry and isolation has brought its own challenges - but that's a whole other story.
"My advice to mothers feeling the same way would be to go easy on themselves. Having a new baby is hard, hormones are a mess, and life gets complicated. Feeling depressed and anxious is normal but it's important to ask for help.
"Speak to a counsellor, talk to the GP, ask for help and talk, talk, talk."
According to parenting expert Laura Erskine, new mothers overwhelmingly want to share their personal mental health journeys as they say it makes them feel less alone.
As part of the #Askheragain campaign, a range of real-life stories have been included in an eGuide free to download.
During the #Askheragain campaign, BabyDoc Club will encourage people to donate €4 by texting 'PARENT' to 50300.