Most mothers talk about the beauty of childbirth. But, life is not all butterflies and rainbows. Many women go through depression during this time of life. It is important for you and all other mothers to realize no one is to be blamed for this. This post “This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression” will include everything you need to know about postpartum depression.
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is a form of depression that occurs after childbirth. It usually starts a few weeks after childbirth. This depression is different from what we call the baby blues. The baby blues is a mild form of depression that many moms experience within the first two weeks after delivery. However, symptoms of baby blues are mild. Postpartum depression may begin during the third trimester. Click here to read more about the third trimester.
What causes postpartum depression?
After childbirth, hormones drop dramatically causing feelings of depression and fatigue. Nightless sleeps and the anxiety of being a new mom may cause extreme depression too. Low levels of thyroid hormone cause a lack of energy and lead to depression too.
What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?
Symptoms of postpartum depression include:
- Extreme mood swings
- Feelings of not being good enough
- Inability to focus
- Lack of interest
- No desire to bond with baby
- Thoughts of suicide or hurting your baby
- Extreme fatigue
When should I call a doctor?
Call your doctor if the depression does not subside after two weeks, you are thinking of hurting yourself or your baby, or you can’t take care of your baby.
This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
There are a few treatments for postpartum depression including counseling, medication, and support groups. Exercise, reducing stress, and letting others help you are good options too. It is okay to have postpartum depression. Mothers should not be blamed for it.
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