Postpartum depression

Every woman goes from those nine months of pregnancy and the unbearable pain during Childbirth. Soon after Childbirth, many emotions are triggered, starting from joy and happiness to anxiety and fear. Additionally, there is one more emotion that no mom expects, and that is depression. There are millions of women who face postpartum depression after Childbirth. It is a long-lasting and sometimes severe form of depression which women experience soon after Childbirth. 

Causes of Postpartum Depression:

There are two causes – Physical and Emotional.

Physical Changes:

When women give birth to a child, there is a dramatic drop in female hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. It can result in a significant contribution to postpartum depression. Hormones produced by thyroid glands also drop soon after Childbirth, resulting in women feeling sluggish, tired, and depressed.

Emotional Changes:

Giving birth to a child comes with lots of responsibility. Women have to suffer from lack of sleep, due to which she finds it challenging to solve minor problems in day to day life. Women may be anxious or feel less attractive, or she may feel that she has lost her control over her life. All these feelings contribute towards Postpartum Depression.

Symptoms of PPD:

Women often get confused between baby blue and postpartum depression. It is due to both having common symptoms, and it differs only in severity. Postpartum depression is more intense, severe, and lasts longer, whereas baby blue is not the case. Its symptoms develop during, before, or after pregnancy; or it may develop in the first few weeks after Childbirth. Symptoms of Postpartum depression include:

  • Hopelessness
  • Doubt of not being a good mother
  • Inability to sleep
  • Extreme irritability and anger
  • Severe Mood swings
  • Loss of energy
  • Unable to make a bond with baby
  • Reduced interest on daily activity
  • The decreased pleasure on activities once enjoyed
  • Loss of appetite
  • Eating more than usual
  • Disengagement from family and Friends
  • Restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Thoughts of harming your baby
  • Feeling worthless, shame or guilt
  • Thoughts of suicide or death.

Conclusion:

Postpartum depression can be severe and long-lasting if not treated. If you experience any symptoms of postpartum depression, it is advisable to get immediate treatment or book an appointment with a counselor. Remember that untreated postpartum depression will become severe with each passing day, and it can cause harm your health and your baby. Talk with your partner or your loved ones and share the symptoms you are facing. It will be wrong to wait and hope for improvement without treatment in this situation.

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