What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum Depression – The “Blues”
What is postpartum depression?
- Postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis or postpartum blues is not unusual. Majority of mothers experience this.
- Postnatal depression can cause low self-esteem, mood swings, tiredness and a sense of hopelessness.
- You might experience one to two days of depression after baby birth. This is quite common. A mother’s body undergoes a lots of hormonal changes. This can bring in some mood swings, confusion, tiredness and fatigue to a mother.
What is the difference between postpartum depression and The “Blues”?
The “Blues” generally refers to the mother feeling low, tired and exhausted. This could begin on fourth day of delivery and resolve by the 10th day. Thereafter the mother behaves normally.
With postpartum depression the mother might develop psychosis and would require immediate medical attention. Patient with postpartum depression can either harm the baby or herself. She experiences hallucinations and delusions with extremely disorganized thinking.
How to overcome postnatal depression?
- Talk to your partner, seek his help, share your feelings. You can talk everything out. Spare some time with your partner without your baby. Leave your baby with someone whom you trust. You may use breast pump to save milk in a bottle for later use. Ensure it is safely refrigerated in a clean bottle.
- Have a good cry. This will bring you good relief. Do something special for yourself.
4 surprising symptoms of postpartum depression
You need to ask yourself these questions. If you answered “YES” to any of these you should seek a doctor’s help.
- Are you having difficulty sleeping?
- Do you feel lonely and isolated?
- Are you experiencing loss of appetite?
- Are you experiencing thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby.
These are symptoms to identify postpartum depression.
When to call a doctor
If you feel some of these signs of depression lasting for more than three days, call your doctor.