Are you wondering, “Why you are feeling depressed after giving birth to your child instead of being happy? This condition can be postpartum depression.
The postpartum is a moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It is also referred to as postpartum blues. The birth of a baby does not just make mothers feel happy and blissful, indeed they also make most mothers feel fearful and depressed. Over 50% of mothers experience this postpartum depression for more than 1 year after the birth of the child. During the postpartum depression, mothers experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it hard for them to accomplish the tasks of their daily routine. The symptoms become predictable during the earlier week of postpartum. Postpartum psychosis is a stern disorder beginning with the first week postpartum with delusions, hallucinations and gross impairment. Sometimes PPD can become so vigorous that it could make a woman to harm herself or even to suicide in some cases. It can be hard to believe, according to some surveys women with postpartum depression develop self-harming tendencies and there is evidence to prove that women with postpartum depression had a suicide rate of 3.3%. Usually, the postpartum depression commences soon after delivery or within a year and will last for four to five weeks, but in most cases, it occurs within the first 3 months post-delivery. We have a various diagnosis for postpartum depression-like questionnaire sessions with the doctors on depression to figure out the intensity of depression in the women. Sometimes doctors also conduct blood tests to find out the levels of thyroid since the thyroid levels drop down during pregnancy which causes depression. Not just them psychotherapy, through therapy, electroconvulsive therapy are the frequently followed treatments for postpartum depression. Notably, the Electro Convulsive Therapy is mainly suggested to women who are being suffered from the extreme range of depression.
The chance of being affected by Postpartum depression can be high if you:
- The habit of smoking or doing drugs or any substance that can make you toxic.
- Do not have an appropriate age to become pregnant like being under age 20.
- Have a painful past or previous history of depression or lost any of your loved ones.
- Having a depression caused by the past delivery or pregnancy which turned out to be unsuccessful.
- Family or relationships problems.
What are the causes that trigger the Postpartum Depression?
To be honest, there no such specific causes discovered which actually causes postpartum depression, but doctors say that there are some hormonal and non-hormonal factors which can that affect postpartum depression.
- Most doctors believe that the postpartum depression in a woman could be an impact of the amend in hormone levels during and after pregnancy which creates the mood swings like anxiety, sad, depression, moody, lazy, etc in the women.
- Lack of sleep is also taken into consideration as one of the major factors causing postpartum depression.
- Pre-existing depression or anxiety concerns.
- The physical changes occur in your body which are the results of pregnancy and delivery can make some women who are concerned about their beauty suffer from postpartum depression.
- Underlying chronic illnesses like hypothyroidism, depression caused by diabetes, chronic fatigue, PCOS can also the cause PPD.
- During delivery, the drop in thyroid levels could be a cause of depression.
- Indeed, some feelings may also have a say for PPD including tiredness, overwhelmed, and stressed. Notably, these are general in new mothers.
- Being not able to take out some time for yourself and get some freedom for yourself
- The feeling of worrying about your ability whether you could be a good mother to your child.
- Trauma caused by birth defects, difficulty to lactate, miscarriage, etc.
- Scary thoughts are the most common symptoms of postpartum depression. They come in the form of thoughts or images something happening to you or your baby.
- A feeling of sad, overwhelming and empty.
- Generally, women with a postpartum cry more often than usual for no specific reason and this is referred to as the most regular symptom of PPD.
- Overly worried and anxious.
- Feeling moody, irritable and anxious.
- Excessively sleeping or being unable to sleep.
- Being unable to concentrate and memorize things.
- Easily expressing anger.
- Showing disinterest towards amusement activities which are usually enjoyable.
- Underlying health issues like headaches, stomach problems, and muscle pains.
- Eating very less or eat too much.
- Unable to mingle with friends and family.
- Feeling hard in creating an emotional attachment with the baby.
- Self-harming or a desire to suicide.
Remedies for Postpartum depression:
- Exercise regularly to strengthen your mental and physical health.
- Eat a healthy and nutritious diet especially includes foods like dark chocolate, almonds, bananas, nuts, spinach, etc which boosts your mood and keeps you happy.
- Prefer breastfeeding which develops an emotional attachment with the baby.
- Stay in beloved people’s company, so you can spend the most quality time.
- Get an adequate amount of sleep.
- Take out some time for yourself, since it is hard to look at yourself when you have the baby.
- Get some awareness on stress levels and ways to deal with the stress.
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