Post Partum Blues
After giving birth, every woman experiences mood swings. It is a natural process known as "Baby Blues," which lasts about two weeks after delivery.
10% to 20% of women may experience deeper feelings that lead to severe depression lasting a year. This is referred to as "Postpartum Blues." According to studies, changes in hormones after birth cause depression. Non hormonal factors may affect also the mood of the mom during this period, as:
- Changes in social life with less free time
- Body changes after childbirth; self-image
- Sleep deprivation
- Concerns, irritability, and agitation
What are the symptoms of Post-Partum Blues?
- Irritability and confusion
- Change in appetite
- Feel of guilt
- Loss of energy
- Loss of interest for life and negative feeling with thoughts of suicide
- Trouble in sleeping
- Negative thoughts towards the baby
Who is at risk of developing Postpartum Blues?
There is no known cause of Postpartum Blues. It can happen to any woman. You may be at a higher risk if:
- You have a history of depression symptoms.
- You are experiencing difficulties in your relationship with your spouse or family.
- You were unprepared for the pregnancy or had mixed feelings about it.
- You are younger than 20 years old or older than 45 years
- You were stressed during your pregnancy or after giving birth.
What is the treatment?
If a woman experiences mood swings after giving birth, she should do the following:
- Find someone to talk to, such as a friend, a family member, or your spouse. Don't keep your emotions hidden.
- Make time to do things for yourself. Take a bath, spend time with friends, exercise, and read. Make an attempt to leave the house.
- Avoid spending time alone.
- Concentrate on one task at a time. You are not a supermom. It's okay if you're feeling overwhelmed. Seek assistance from family and friends.
- Get a good night's sleep when your baby is sleeping.
- Rest and avoid making major changes after delivery.
- Get to know new moms. It can be beneficial to talk about and share one's experiences.
- Discuss your feelings with your doctor. If your symptoms last longer than two weeks, he may prescribe some medications for you.
Many women suffer from postpartum depression. You are not by yourself. It is critical to find a friend with whom to share your feelings. Don't keep those emotions to yourself. Seek help and communicate whenever you are sad, depressed, or isolated.
Enjoy your postpartum period with your newborn baby as much as possible.