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Is it okay to have postpartum depression ?
11 May 2022
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Being a mother for the first time is always special. The birth of a child can evoke a wide range of strong emotions. For all the new moms, everything that happens is something to cherish for life. However, postpartum depression is not something we wish for.

They will be very conscious about even small details regarding the child. However, it can also lead to something unexpected. Depression is very common nowadays for new moms. 

After childbirth, most new mothers have ppd which include mood changes, crying episodes, anxiety, and problems sleeping. In this article we are discussing ppd.

What is postpartum depression?

Life with a newborn can be exciting and wonderful at times, it can also be difficult and stressful. For a few days or weeks after giving birth, many new moms suffer from the baby blues, a mild form of depression. 

It’s natural to experience emotional highs and lows at this time. Within a week or two of giving birth, the baby blues normally fade away on their own. You don’t need medical help if you have the baby blues.

Postpartum depression is more severe and lasts longer than baby blues, which can cause significant disruption in daily life. Postpartum psychosis is a rare but serious disorder that affects some women after they give birth.

Women who suffer from the baby blues are more likely to develop ppd. More acute sensations of grief, despair, worry, and anger characterise the disorder. The symptoms last longer and can appear at any point throughout the first year.

What are the symptoms of Postpartum Depression?

You sometimes not even realise you have depression. You may believe that you share the same feelings as all new mothers. Again, it’s natural for a new mom to feel fatigue, but depressed or hopeless is not.

Warning signs of postpartum depression:

  • Sleeping problem
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Feel overwhelmed
  • Gets frustrate easily
  • Being hopeless

What are the Causes for Postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression  can caused by hormonal changes that occur after birth. The level of oestrogen and progesterone in the body drops dramatically after delivery, producing mood swings. 

The hormones produced by the thyroid gland may drop dramatically in some people, causing them to feel fatigued and anxious. These feelings might exacerbated by a lack of sleep and a poor diet. 

Another possible reason for ppd is emotional problems. You may be concerned about how your life has changed since the baby was born, or you may be afraid about taking care of your new infant. 

To all out there who say postpartum is drama. It’s not, postpartum depression is REAL.

Can a new father get postpartum depression?

It’s not that common but still there are chances to get ppd for men. Fathers who are young, have a history of depression, have relationship issues, or financially strapped are the most vulnerable to ppd. 

Paternal postpartum depression, often known as postpartum depression in fathers, can have the same negative impact on partner interactions and child development as postpartum depression in mothers. 

If you’re a new father and are suffering signs of depression or anxiety throughout your partner’s pregnancy or in the first year after your child’s birth they please do consider visiting a psychologist. Likewise, postpartum depression in fathers can treated in the same way as it is treated in moms with postpartum depression.

When should I seek help from a professional?

We may confused about emotions and really don’t know what to do. It’s all new and we are all worried about it. It is hard to find the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression. 

  • Include ideas of self-harm or hurting your child
  • After two weeks, you haven’t improve
  • Things are getting worse
  • Make it difficult for you to care for your child
  • Make it difficult to carry out daily tasks

It’s possible that you’re hesitant or embarrassed to confess it. However, if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of postpartum depression or postpartum baby blues, you should seek medical help.

Unfortunately, many people laugh off the idea of paternal ppd. Saying that we all give birth to a child and it’s nothing that serious to have mood swings, kids these days are so dramatic. Yeah, some of us might get such comments. Postpartum depression is real. 

People who suffer from depression may completely ignorant of the fact that they are depressed. They may be unaware of depression’s indications and symptoms. If you feel a friend or loved one is suffering from postpartum depression or is developing postpartum psychosis, assist them in seeking medical care as soon as possible. Don’t wait for things to get better.

It doesn’t mean you are failing as a parent. Don’t blame yourself, just realise your emotions and accept reality. We are one call away to help you, call 1800 889 2559.

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