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'I was in love with baby Melanie, but exhausted and overwhelmed' -mum opens up about post-natal depression

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Advice: April Bergin with baby Melanie – she is encouraging mothers to go easy on themselves

Advice: April Bergin with baby Melanie – she is encouraging mothers to go easy on themselves

Advice: April Bergin with baby Melanie – she is encouraging mothers to go easy on themselves

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.