To become a mother is probably most difficult part of a woman’s life. Through the physiological changes in pregnancy and psychological affection, it might cause “ postpartum depression” after baby birth.
Postpartum Depression is a mood disorder. Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others.
What are the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression?
- Feel down, sad, empty or depressed for more than several weeks.
- Feel distant and withdrawn from family and friends, or try to avoid them.
- Cry more often than usual even for no apparent reasons.
- Lose interest in activities (including sex).
- Oversleep or unable to sleep, eat too little or too much.
- Feel angry or irritable.
- Having feelings of anxiety, worry, panic attacks or racing thoughts.
- Think about harming herself or her baby.
What causes postpartum depression?
- The levels of hormones quickly drop after childbirth. That leads to chemical changes in her brain that may trigger mood swings.
- Not enough of rest for a full recovery after giving birth.
- Emotional stressors, including financial strain, job changes, or illness.
- Changes in social relationships, or lack of a strong support from her spouse, partner, family or friends.
- Alcohol or other drug abuse problems.
- Have a family history of mental health issues.
How is postpartum depression treated?
- Talk to a doctor or a mental health professional, could be a counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker.
- Medication treatment if you need.
- Find the way to take enough sleep.
- Find time to do some exercise
- Surround yourself with an emotional support from family and friends.
- Eat regular, nourishing meals.
- Ask the help of taking care of your baby so that you can have a break.
Without treatment, postpartum depression can last for months or years. In addition to affecting the mother’s health, it can interfere with her ability to connect with and care for her baby and may cause the baby to have problems with sleeping, eating, and behavior as he or she grows.
It is important to know that postpartum depression is not your fault. Postpartum depression is a medical condition that can be treated. By sharing your feelings with a professional, you will be on your way to making positive changes that will have a big impact on your daily well-being.