5 things you should know about postpartum depression


Pregnancy and childbirth is a new phase in every woman’s life. It comes with so many things such as lack of sleep, childbirth pain, hormonal change, breast pain and whole new responsibilities among others.

All these new and unfamiliar changes can lead to different things in a woman’s life and one of those things is called postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is a severe form of clinical depression that relates to pregnancy and childbirth. It starts during your baby’s first year. However, it is very common for most mothers to start to feel its effects during the first 3 weeks after birth.

It is very common and most women hardly talk about it because they feel ashamed or they don’t want to be judged.

Due to the increase in the rate of postpartum depression, there is a need for more awareness and as such I will be talking about 5 things you should know about postpartum depression.

–    It can start in pregnancy

Postpartum depression does not necessarily start after the birth of a new baby. It can also begin in pregnancy. This is the reason why pregnant women need to be checked or talk to their Doctor about how they feel during the pregnancy. Your Doctor can provide the right medication and treatment method for you.

–    A lot of women don’t get treated for PPD

Most women hardly talk about how they feel and as such, they don’t get treated for PPD. In addition, some don’t even recognize they need help and don’t even know how to get the help.

–    Untreated Postpartum depression can lead to chronic depression

Research has shown that one of the negative results of untreated postpartum depression is that it can lead to chronic depression in women.

–    There are several symptoms of postpartum depression

The symptoms of postpartum depression are: a continuous feeling of sadness, feeling tired all the time, loss of appetite, feeling of guilt, difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in his or her company, feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic, having difficulty with sleeping, unable to make decision or concentrate.

–    The treatment can range from talk to medication and therapy

The time of treatment differs depending on how serious the postpartum depression is. Some will recover with having a one on one discussion and some need to take medication. However, such medication has no effect on the baby.

On a final note, one should show support and assist every new mum in every way possible. Let them feel free to open up and get treated if they are experiencing postpartum depression.

Photo credit : Psychiatry Advisor , Medical Daily


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