When you give birth, you expect things to be very rosy and happy what with the brand-new baby in your life and all the attention that you get. But quite often the feeling of joy and happiness is replaced by mood swings, feelings of helplessness, anxiety and sadness. According to the American Psychological Association, up to 1 in 7 women, experience Postpartum Depression, commonly known as PPD, which is different from baby blues which generally goes away within a few weeks after childbirth. Postpartum Depression is a much more serious condition and it occurs in new mothers after delivery. It is a result of a combination of factors like biological, environmental and hormonal.
You know that you are suffering from Postpartum Depression, if you experience five or more of the following symptoms every day for at least two weeks:
When I became a mother, I used to have an extremely bad mood for days together. I felt as if I will never be able to live a normal life again. As much as I was in love with the miracle I made, I begin to feel as if my life has taken a backseat in the midst of all the chaos. It also came from the trauma of labor pains and a normal delivery. Yes! It is no less than a trauma. Apart from the excruciating pain which I experienced, I was more surprised by how the medical staff in the labor room treats you. Here I should mention that I delivered my baby in one the most prestigious maternity hospitals in Lucknow. If this is what happens in such hospitals, the condition in Government hospitals much be far worse. Anyways, so I was going through Postpartum Depression because even after six months of childbirth, I could not gather myself together. My husband failed in all his attempts to make me realize that things will get better with time and that I should resume my studies once again.
At times I thought that I needed help. I tried hard to look at the brighter side but to be honest, it is very difficult for a stay-at-home mom to focus on other things because more than the child, it is the mother who wants to be with the baby at all times. I had help, but I could never digest the fact that I am now no longer free to do what I want without taking into consideration my child’s interests. It was all become too much to deal with and that is when I decided that I had to do something about all this. So, I did the following things to come out of that Postpartum Depression phase:
In a matter of few weeks, I regained my lost self-esteem and was able to look at life with a different perspective. My daughter became my biggest strength and her smile lit up my days. And things did get better with time, we just need to hang in there!!
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