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In honour of World Mental Health Day, The Rotunda will deal with the difficult subject of post natal depression in tonight’s emotional episode.

Tonight, we meet mum-to-be Ciara and her husband PJ who are preparing to welcome their second child into the world.

The couple are obviously excited about the pending arrival of their baby, but Ciara is worried she may have a relapse of the post natal depression she had after the birth of her first child.

It is thought as many as one in six mums experience post natal depression, although the figure could be higher. Mums tend to minimise or hide these feelings from family and friends as long as they can. Many have an unfounded fear that people will judge them or that social services will become involved. Many think they are alone in suffering with this, whereas nothing could be further from the truth.

Ciara’s story is one that resonates with many of us mums. Her courage and strength is beyond admirable. Sharing your struggles with the public isn’t easy, but it will help tackle the stigma.

Also on tonight’s episode of The Rotunda are young couple Sophie and Daryl, who don’t know the sex of their unborn child but their choice of names is proving confusing for midwife Veronica.

Mum-of-two Daniela is wondering if childbirth will be any easier this time around though it’s been 13 years since she had her last child.

Opera singer Ioana meanwhile is hoping the time spent at breastfeeding classes will be a help once her first baby is born.

The Rotunda continues tonight at 9.30pm on RTÉ2

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While Adele recently revealed she would love to give her son Angelo a sibling, it sounds like the much-loved star doesn't intend to rush into it given the struggles she endured following her first pregnancy.

Opening up about her experience of postnatal depression, Adele told Vanity Fair that the months following her son's birth in 2013 have had a lasting impact.

"I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son and it frightened me," she admitted in the recent interview.

Adele, who turned 28 in May, admitted that her prior knowledge of the condition didn't tally with her experience of it.

"My knowledge of postpartum – or postnatal, as well call it in England – is that you don’t want to be with your child; you’re worried you might hurt your child, you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job."

"But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate, I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life… it can come in many different forms," she explained.

Offering an insight into the methods she used to navigate the condition, Adele explained that she allocated a certain time in the week to focus solely on herself.

"Eventually I just said, I’m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the f**k I want without my baby," she said.

"A friend of mine said, ‘Really? Don’t you feel bad?’ I said, I do but not as bad as I’d feel if I didn’t do it," she reasoned.

According to emerging reports, Adele is planning to wed partner of five years Simon Konecki.

Commenting on the union, a source close to the couple said: "They won't make a big song and dance about it, that's not the way either of them are, and you won't see Adele walking around with a huge diamond on her finger flaunting it."

"But they're ready to take the next step and are both very excited about the prospect," they added.

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