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Many new mothers think that there is something wrong with them when they do not feel happy having delivered a healthy and normal baby. They feel sad for no reason. If you are one such woman, then do not worry. You are suffering from baby blue, also known as postpartum depression. Nearly eighty percent of women experience this feeling of sadness. In addition, they feel afraid, lonely and unloving towards the baby. This can cause feelings of guilt in the woman.
Usually, baby blues is very mild, and tends to disappear on its own without any treatment. However, in around ten to twenty percent women postpartum depression the symptoms are bad and include crying easily for no reason, unable to be happy during happy moments or activities, having problems sleeping, constant tiredness, poor appetite, thoughts about killing oneself, feeling that she is not a good mother, and not being able to focus on things.
Usually, postpartum depression occurs three to five days after giving birth, and it can last for a few days to two weeks. When the woman experiences this state of mood, she will cry at a drop of hat for no reason, feel sad and irritable, and may not be able to sleep. The woman will often worry about the wellbeing and health of the baby. She may even have negative thoughts related to the baby, and this may cause a development of fear that she may harm the baby. However, most women suffering from postpartum depression rarely do anything to harm their child. But this condition impairs a woman's capacity to look after the baby.
Just because a woman has a history of mental ailment, it does not mean that she will end up getting post partum depression. Also, this condition is not related to stress. However, stress and history of mental ailment can give impetus to the depression and make it extremely severe.
Some of the signs of postpartum depression are as follows:
- Crying without a reason and often
- Not finding pleasure in activities that were previously pleasurable
- Feeling constantly sad
- Having problems sleeping
- Losing weight
- Experiencing lack of energy
- Feeling anxious or agitated
- Feeling guilty or experiencing sense of worthlessness
- Unable to focus or concentrate
- Unable to make important decisions
- Having no interest in sex
- Thinking about committing suicide or having thoughts about death
- Feeling that no one loves you
Besides these psychological signs, postpartum depression also causes physical signs, such as headaches, feeling dizzy, palpitation, numbness in the limbs, shaking of the limbs, and/or shortness of breath.
If a woman experiences the aforementioned symptoms of postpartum depression, it is best to consult a doctor.
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