Know the Signs of Post-partum Depression
A baby is supposed to bring a lot of joy in the family. A mother, especially, should be delighted that finally her family is complete and her pregnancy is over.
But why do a lot of them experience depression? Is it normal?
What is postpartum depression?
Post-partum depression, sometimes referred to as baby blues, is now considered normal, as there are millions of mothers who go through it at least within three months after childbirth.
This is a type of depression that occurs among mothers, though there are cases when it happens even when the woman is still pregnant. Usually, though, the depression doesn’t last for a very long time.
It becomes a source of worry if the depression lasts for weeks or months, and the mother’s depression becomes worse.
A professional can provide you with screening tests to determine if you’re suffering from depression. But baby blues show signs and symptoms, so you may already have an idea that you have it.
Signs of Postpartum Depression
Here are the common postpartum depression symptoms:
- Feeling of sadness and anxiety (you feel sadder by the day, or there are more times when you feel sad than happy)
- Anxiety (you feel you cannot take care of your child properly)
- Guilt feelings (you feel guilty because you cannot provide the right care for your newborn)
- Irritability or uncontrolled anger (it’s easier for you to get pissed off or angry, even if the cause is too small)
- Change in appetite (you either eat a lot or you consume food less)
- Change in weight (some mothers with post-partum depression gain more weight, though a lot experience incredible weight loss)
- Change in sleeping habits (you sleep a lot or sleep less)
- Digestion problems (post-partum depression brings a lot of stress, and stress causes the digestive muscles to function irregularly)
- Social withdrawal (you don’t want to be with your friends or family; in fact, you don’t want to be near your child)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Hallucinations or delusions (these are present if you’re suffering from postpartum psychosis; this needs immediate attention as you can potentially harm your baby or yourself)
How do you deal with postpartum depression?
You should obtain the right kind of support. First, you need help from your doctor, as one of the foremost reasons of postpartum depression is hormonal changes. You also have to be taken care of family and friends. It helps a lot if you have a partner with you.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you need a breather, request someone to watch over your baby. If possible hire a professional nanny or live-in caregiver.
Take time to relax, and while you’re in a restful state, fill your mind with subliminal messages. Improve your manner of thinking by repeating the following lines:
- I am well loved by family and friends.
- My baby is a gift from God.
- I am blessed.
- I fill my life with gratitude.