A pregnancy is as exhausting to a woman’s body as if she has run a marathon. Expecting mothers have so many things to worry about, from preparing a nursery, making sure your baby is healthy, giving birth, and so on. Think about it, all of that was just specifically dealing with the aspect of pregnancy, not to mention everyday pressures like work, financial stability, family, the mothers own health, mother-shaming, societal pressures to look and act a certain way after giving birth, and more. But there is one factor of parenthood that we would like to highlight, postpartum depression.
What is Postpartum Depression?
It is estimated that more than 3 million cases a year. “Baby Blues” is a form of depression that may develop after childbirth. Postpartum depression has nothing to do with weakness it can be complications of giving birth. There is no one single cause, it is said that physical or emotional changes may play contributing roles.
What are the Common Symptoms?
There is no one single set of symptoms or signs that signal postpartum depression, they vary from mild to severe. The “Baby Blues” while it may sound like a cool title to a jazz album is actually a mild case of postpartum depression that can occur days to a couple of weeks after the baby is born. It is important to seek help and to keep track of the symptoms for the risk of the depression to turn severe. To learn more about Baby Blues and postpartum depression, follow the link.
- Mood swings
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Reduced concentration
- Appetite problems
- Trouble sleeping
Postpartum Depression Symptoms:
Untreated postpartum depression may last for several months or even longer. It is important to be aware of the symptoms as it can be easy to confuse Baby Blues with postpartum depression. Seeking help is an important step to take as only a doctor can diagnose, and ignoring symptoms can interfere with your ability to go about your daily routine and even to care for your baby. Symptoms Include:
- Depressed mood or severe mood swings
- Excessive crying
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
- Insomnia or sleeping too much
- Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
- Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Intense irritability and anger
- Fear that you are not a good parent
- Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt, or inadequacy
- Diminished ability to think clearly, concrete or make decisions
- Severe anxiety and panic attacks
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Do Fathers get Postpartum Depression?
Yes. Not many people are aware of is that new dads run an increased risk of depression, regardless if the mother has been affected. They can feel sad, fatigued, anxiety, changes in sleeping patterns, and more.
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