An Essential Guide To Postpartum Depression

An Essential Guide To Postpartum Depression

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Everything You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

 

 

I remember when my sister came home after giving birth. She was so excited to be a mother, and she couldn’t stop talking about all of the things she was going to do with her new baby.

But after a few weeks at home, she started to feel like a failure. She didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything and just wanted to stay in bed all day long and cry.

I didn’t know what to do. I thought maybe it was normal for new moms to feel this way sometimes, but my sister had always been so outgoing and happy—she didn’t seem like someone who would ever be depressed! 

So I talked with our mom about it, and she told me that postpartum depression is real and can affect any woman who has recently given birth.

That’s why today’s article is about how postpartum depression affects women who are pregnant or have just given birth—hopefully, you’ll be able to spot symptoms early and get help!

 

What Is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth. It’s different from the “baby blues,” a temporary feeling of irritability and exhaustion that most women experience within the first few days after birth.

Postpartum depression can happen during pregnancy, after birth, or even years after birth.

It’s characterized by feeling sad and hopeless, having no energy, and not enjoying things you used to enjoy. You may also feel agitated and irritable, lose interest in your usual activities, have trouble sleeping, or feel guilty about things you do.

The good news is that PPD doesn’t have to be permanent! With help from your doctor and other resources, you can get through this challenging period and come out stronger than ever before.

 

What Causes Postpartum Depression?

The exact causes of postpartum depression aren’t known for sure yet—it’s likely a combination of biological factors (your genes) and environmental ones (the way your life changes after having a baby). Studies show that if one parent has experienced this kind of illness before, there’s an increased chance that their partner will too.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is both treatable and manageable, but it’s important to know the symptoms in order to seek help.  

The main symptoms include:

  • Sadness or extreme irritability most of the time for a few weeks or more
  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy (like hobbies) or being unable to enjoy things at all anymore
  • Sleeping too much or too little (insomnia or hypersomnia)
  • Feeling guilty or worthless, like there’s no point in trying anymore
  • Feelings of anger towards your partner or other family members; 
  • Changes in appetite or weight gain/loss; 
  • Thoughts about suicide or harming yourself or your baby;
  • Nightmares or flashbacks from prior traumatic events (such as abuse).

Conclusion

Just as my sister experienced postpartum depression, many new moms experience it too, and most of them get through it and live healthy, happy lives. 

So, talk to your supporting network when you experience the typical things new moms experience—like feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and anxious. 

You don’t have to handle it alone. There are many people out there who have been through what you’re going through. Seek advice from friends or family and/or speak to a doctor. 

The sooner you seek help, the better chance you have of recovering!

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