Postpartum Depression

There’s a new bundle of joy in the family and everyone is thrilled. But instead of enjoying the new phase of your life as a mom, you feel like crying. So, what is it to be depressed about? Believe it or not, postpartum depression happens and it’s not just the typical baby blues that most new moms experience. Women with a previous history of depression, history of severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder or those who do not get enough support from family and friends are at risk for postpartum depression. The first few weeks of the baby’s arrival can be very stressful. Most of us think that motherhood is all bliss and nobody is really prepared for sleepless nights and never ending diaper changes.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression:
– Feeling lonely, helpless and hopeless for no reason
– Being overly sensitive or irritable
– Difficulty in concentrating
– Excessive crying or tearfulness
– Loss of interest in activities that are usually enjoyable
– Having a hard time falling or staying asleep
– Fatigue and lack of energy
– Changes in eating habits
– Headaches, stomachaches and backaches that won’t go away
It’s perfectly normal to feel a little blue out of exhaustion but if the symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks, it is very likely that the woman is suffering from postnatal depression. It is estimated that 10 to 15% of women suffer from this condition. With those numbers, we can safely say that postpartum depression is not a myth. Hormonal changes is one of the culprits for prolonged baby blues. Women who have just given birth experience a big drop in estrogen and progesterone. Their thyroid levels can also drop and this can result to exhaustion and depression. Combine these hormonal changes with changes in blood pressure and metabolism, you get postpartum depression.
Aside from rapid hormonal changes, some women get depressed because of the changes in their body. They may be experiencing physical pain from the delivery. Others feel insecure about the way their body looks. Pregnancy will cause tremendous changes in a woman’s body. It’s extremely difficult for some women to look in the mirror with a swollen belly that’s dressed with stretch marks. Another thing that can cause postpartum depression is the amount of stress that a mom experiences when caring for a newborn. Suddenly, there’s a tiny human being that fully depends on her. New moms do not get enough sleep and this can take a toll on their well-being. These adjustments can be overwhelming, causing a woman to feel the baby blues longer than expected. Postnatal depression is a type of clinical depression can affect a woman’s ability to care for her newborn child so it’s imperative to seek medical attention right away.

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