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Know the early warning signs of Postpartum Depression

In the recent times, we  have been hearing a lot of news about mothers throwing their babies into wells, rivers and the ground. A common factor in most such news stories is the saying that  the mother had mental problems. Our society celebrates pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, etc. But, we also did not care about the fact that ‘ Postpartum depression’ is increasing among women in our society.

Postpartum means ‘the time after childbirth’. Most women  feel ‘baby blues’ after delivery. Baby blues is feeling sad or empty, within a few days of giving birth. As per studies, about 1 out of every 10 of these women will develop a more severe and longer-lasting depression after delivery. About 1 in 1,000 women develop a more serious condition called postpartum psychosis.

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is a complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that happen in some women after giving birth. It is a form of major depression that begins within 4 weeks after delivery.

PPD is linked to chemical, social, and psychological changes that happen when having a baby. The term describes a range of physical and emotional changes that many new mothers experience. PPD can be treated with medication and counseling.

Postpartum Depression Signs and Symptoms:

Trouble sleeping

Appetite changes

Severe fatigue

Lower libido

Frequent mood changes

With PPD, these come along with other symptoms of major depression, which aren’t typical after childbirth, and may include:

Being uninterested in  baby or feeling like  not bonding with them

Crying all the time, often for no reason

Depressed mood

Severe anger and crankiness

Loss of pleasure

Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and helplessness

Thoughts of death or suicide

Thoughts of hurting someone else

Trouble concentrating or making decisions


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