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Welcoming a new baby to the world is wonderful experience for the entire family. But, woman with postpartum depression are often not able to enjoy this feeling. They feel low and out of vigor after childbirth. Typically, postpartum depression starts two to three days after delivering the baby and can last for a few days or couple of weeks.
Postpartum depression occurs in various levels and is very common in women. Some amount of depression is caused by the changing hormone cycles. During pregnancy the hormone production reaches a peak and starts dropping vigorously in the 3rd trimester.
Nearly eight percent of new mothers actually experience some level of depression. It is just an emotional response to the changes in your body. Baby blues, which is a milder form of PPD, lasts only a few weeks and generally goes away on its own. Some of the symptoms of baby blues are weepiness, severe emotional reactions even for small things, insomnia and increased irritability along with moodiness.
When a new mother gets enough rest and helping hand with the baby, the baby blues gradually decrease in severity. If the depression lasts for more than 2 weeks, then it could be a more severe form of PPD. At this time the mother needs psychiatric care and help. If family members are concerned about the depression, they should immediately talk with the health care provider during the monthly check up. About 10 to 15 percent of the women go through Obsessive Compulsive disorders, anxiety and clinical depression. Sometimes this leads to the mother hurting her or the new born. You will have to seek professional help immediately if you identify PPD.
Postpartum depression begins three to five days after a woman gives birth to the baby. In some women, it can begin as soon as she gives birth. Some of the symptoms are:
- Worrisome attitude
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Muscle weakness
- Suffering from headaches frequently
Some women also feel they are not good mothers and cannot take care of their babies.
The causes for postpartum depression are not known and one attributed cause is the changing hormone levels. Hormones also alter the chemicals in the brain which may be a part of the cause for depression. Women who have had postpartum depression in earlier births are prone to get it again. If depression has been an earlier problem, then you have higher chances of getting it. Women who get PMS symptoms, stressful marriage, life and premature births are also known to cause postpartum depression. If you have had any of these conditions before, you need to prepare yourself in advance to avoid the postpartum depression.
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