Did you just have your baby, but instead of being happy you feel negative emotions instead? Many mothers experience this. This is what they call postpartum depression. First of all, what you need to know is that you are not alone. Nothing is wrong with you. A lot of women go through this. You can talk to your obstetrics and gynecology doctor about this so they can give you advice as to what you can do, and refer you to a specialist if needed.
What Is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is experienced by some mothers after giving birth. Some mothers only experience mild post partum depression, but for others it can be very severe. Usually, post partum depression starts 3 days after giving birth then it can last for about 2 weeks. But for severe cases, it could last for a longer time. With this condition, a mother feels mixed emotions, such as being sad, angry and most especially, depressed.
What Are The Symptoms Of Postpartum Depression?
- Mood swings – a sudden change of mood, such as being happy then suddenly becoming sad or angry.
- Anxiety – suddenly you might feel uncomfortable and nervous.
- Sadness – you would feel terribly sad and may want to cry but for no apparent reason.
- Irritably – you will feel easily annoyed by noise, clutter, etc.
- Overwhelmed – this is a feeling that you are defeated for no reason.
- Cannot concentrate very well – you easily get distracted by anything.
- Cannot eat properly – you lose your appetite even though the food is something that you would normally not say no to.
- Sleeping trouble – though you become tired during the day, you still couldn’t sleep at night, even at the best circumstances.
- Want to be alone – a feeling that you want to be by yourselfand not want to mingle with friends and family.
- Difficulty bonding with your baby – a feeling that you are not good enough for your baby which makes you try to avoid being with the baby as much as possible
- Thinking of hurting yourself and the baby – a feeling that you want to inflict harm on yourself or the baby.
When Do You Need To See The Doctor?
Though Postpartum depression is normal for mothers who have just given birth, sometimes the depression could be so severe that you would need medical attention. If you the postpartum has been present for two weeks already, get help from your obstetrics and gynecology specialist ASAP. And even though it hasn’t been two weeks but you feel like you want to commit suicide or you want to inflict harm to yourself or the baby, get help immediately. If you think that you are not able to do your duty as a mother or you even don’t feel like you want to be with your baby, then it is best to seek professional help before it gets worse.
The Effects Of Postpartum Depression
Emotional Change – You may feel exaggeratedly tired and that only you are doing something to take care of the baby. Sleepless nights and feeling that you already lost your value are common emotions that this depression can invoke as well.
Physical Change – The changes that pregnancy has done to your body might make you feel that you are no longer pretty and you feel intimidated by other women. You may feel that your husband doesn’t love you anymore since your physical appearance changed due to the pregnancy. The sudden change of hormone production will cause you to feel depressed and tired as well.
Who Are At Risk Of Having Postpartum Depression?
Women who have a high chance of having severe postpartum depression are those who experienced difficulties in the past. Women who often felt depressed have the risks of developing postpartum depression. For example, if you just lost a job, or the baby you have now was unplanned, or you are experiencing financial problems, then you have a higher chance of getting postpartum depression that might be severe.