Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby can give rise to multiple emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something Undesirable - depression.

Most new moms experience postpartum 'baby blues' after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery and may last for two weeks.
But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth.
Postpartum depression is not a character flaw or a weakness; it needs some extra time to adjust the mind and body as per the baby’s routine. With prompt treatment, the symptoms of postpartum depression can be managed and help bond with the newborn.

Symptoms of Baby Blues

Symptoms of Baby Blues last only for a few days and may include the following signs:

  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Crying
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Appetite Problems

And these symptoms get severe in the case of Postpartum Depression including,

  • Hopelessness
  • Fear that you are not a good mother.
  • Restlessness
  • Thoughts of harming self or the baby. 

Postnatal care can be beneficial to help a new mother to overcome Baby blues as well as postpartum depression. Under postnatal care, a new mother gets some time to adjust herself as per the new environment. With proper care and family support, motherhood becomes easier. Else, handling this new phase alone can make anyone depressed and anxious.

When To See The Doctor

If a new mother feels depressed after her baby's birth, she may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. But if she experiences any symptoms of postpartum baby blues or postpartum depression, get in touch with the doctor and schedule an appointment. If she has symptoms that suggest the presence of postpartum psychosis, get help immediately.

The doctor’s intervention is highly recommended if the symptoms of postpartum depression

  • Don't fade after two weeks
  • Are getting worse
  • Make it hard for a mother to care for your baby
  • Make it hard to complete everyday tasks
  • Include thoughts of harming self or her baby
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