If you ask any mother what her greatest joy in life is, it is likely that she would say “having my babies”. This is because motherhood is one of the sweetest rewards of being a woman, it sort of adds to them, if not completes them. However, with every good thing comes a bad. If not always, a lot of times women admit to having symptoms of depression right after birth. Depression after birth: sounds too negative to be associated with something as blissful as giving life to someone right? No matter how weird it may sound, it is a reality and a nightmare for those who go through it. But does it actually exist or it’s just hype? Let’s find out!
Essentially, postpartum depression is a feeling of sadness and depression after giving birth. Though its milder form is known as Baby Blues – emotional feeling of sadness, unhappiness, and tearfulness right after giving birth, goes away within a week or two after delivery, Postpartum depression is a serious condition and should not be taken lightly. Such patients need immediate medical help in order to regain normal routine.
Of course not! However, it is completely normal to feel low and sad. This is because of so many hormonal changes that your body is going through after delivery. Around 40-60% women admit to having baby blues after giving birth, but this usually subsides by its own. In other words, it is definitely something that happens with a lot of women but it is completely Ok to have such after-birth effects. But we cannot say that it is completely mandatory for a woman to fall into depression due to birthing. It depends on person to person. While you would be sitting at home feeling all low and down, there could be another woman completely normal and content with her life after giving birth. But rest assured you are not alone!
It would be wrong to blame the poor little thing, who himself/herself is struggling in the new world, for your depression. There are several reasons and factors that contribute to postpartum depression.
As a fact we know that a baby’s initial months of development depend on his/her association with their mother as a mother is a first and foremost caretaker and responsible for creating a safe and healthy environment for their child’s well-being. However, in cases of postpartum depression, it is seen that the children show signs of poor emotional and cognitive development. This is because the mother who has the maximum exposure and role in the child’s early development herself is struggling with a health condition that renders her emotionless, sad, unavailable and irritable to the baby.
Like any kind of depression, postpartum depression should never be left untreated or ignored. If you show any of the above signs and symptoms, you should always talk to your doctor about it. Also, postpartum depression, if diagnosed and taken care of on time, can be treated easily through:
All said and done, there is one thing you should never ignore and that is your body. Always observe what your body is trying to tell you. Any sudden changes in bodily functions; be it physical or mental, should be discussed with a doctor especially when you are a new mom. It’s because a healthy mother can help raise a healthy baby in the environment they deserve. Take care all you mommies!
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