Postpartum Depression

While pregnancy brings the joy of having a baby, it comes with a lot of changes in the body and mind. The physical changes cause mood swings, cravings in addition to various other feelings that become more severe as the date of delivery comes closer. Childbirth brings out a lot of emotions like excitement and happiness but also cause fear and anxiety due to the changes happening. These emotions in addition to irregular sleep and crying spells often occur in new mothers and is known as ‘baby blues’. Most new mothers have this for a few days after childbirth and this may go on up to 2 weeks. If this feeling persists for a longer period, it becomes a form of depression known as postpartum depression.

Mothers with postpartum depression experience various changes that make it very difficult for them to carry out day to day activities effectively for both themselves and for others. It is difficult for the person themselves to understand what they are going through but family members and caregivers around should be aware and should take the next step towards treatment if the symptoms carry on to be prolonged for a long enough time.

Some of the symptoms are

Experiencing anger or rage
Difficulty in forming a bond with the baby
Thinking of harming herself or the baby
Eating too less or too much
Trouble in decision making and concentration
Extreme mood swings, irritability, and restlessness
Oversleeping or unable to sleep even when the baby is asleep
Doubting her ability to take care of the baby
Crying a lot and for no reason
Lack of interest to interact with family or friends

These symptoms vary in severity depending on the person. A person with postpartum depression requires medical treatment but also the support of a close and trusted one. It is often easier for them to openly express what they are feeling to a trusted one and if they don’t have someone approachable around it can worsen the severity of the depression.