Symptoms of postpartum depression
There is nothing more important for a baby than a healthy mother. So today we want to talk about postpartum depression and some of the signs so parents can know what to look for. This information is as important for other important people as it is for moms.
What is postpartum depression?
After childbirth, some moms may develop a change in mood that includes, among others: extreme sadness, anxiety, exhaustion, and blaming themselves unnecessarily when things go wrong.
What causes postpartum depression?
As far as we know, there is no single cause, however, hormonal changes, fatigue and lack of sleep can be contributing factors.
What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?
Cry more often for no reason
Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep when the baby is asleep
Difficult to focus
Lack of interest in activities that are generally enjoyable
Eat too little or too much
Avoid friends and family
Having trouble forming an emotional bond or a bond with the baby.
Doubt the ability to care for the baby
Thinking of hurting yourself or the baby
The symptoms may vary, so if there is any concern on the part of the mother or her partner, this should be discussed with a healthcare professional.
How is postpartum depression different from "melancholy"?
The baby's sadness is very common and includes the types of fatigue, worry and unhappiness immediately after delivery. In general, the baby blues disappears on its own and lasts only a couple of weeks. In postpartum depression, feelings of sadness, worthlessness, anxiety and fatigue can interfere with a woman's ability to take care of herself or her baby. This severity of symptoms may require treatment and it is important to speak with a health professional.
How can postpartum depression not be treated?
The woman's health care provider may consult the appropriate specialist to discuss counseling / therapy and, sometimes, even medications may be necessary to prevent depression from continuing for prolonged periods.
Where can I find more information?
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