Postpartum Depression: Understanding and Resolving

Earlier today, my colleagues and I were having an argument. The argument was on the basis of motherhood and the general notion that a mother is naturally attached to the child. However, as time will tell, this notion has been debunked. Technically, the attachment to the child is relative. In some cases, new mothers are more than likely to go through postpartum depression. Just like any form of illness, it’s best to treat it as soon as possible.

 

What is Postpartum Depression?

To simply put it, postpartum depression is a range of physical and emotional changes that new mothers are likely to experience. These changes vary from woman to woman and it is based on a lot of factors. Some of which include social backgrounds, psychological backgrounds, chemical changes among others. To better explain this, there is a rapid drop in hormones right after childbirth. Thus, it is very likely for a new mother to experience an intense change in moods up to three days. Naturally, the hormones build back up to the level it was in before she got pregnant. Depression can be increased with psychological and social changes as well.

What are it’s symptoms?

Even though the symptoms are similar to what happens normally after childbirth, here are the common ones:

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Decreased libido
  • Intense fatigue
  • Lack of appetite or change in appetite.

These symptoms are accompanied by symptoms that are not normal after childbirth. They include:

  • Feeling worthless
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Increase in depressed moods
  • Feeling helpless
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
  • Thoughts of hurting someone else.

Likely Chances of Getting Postpartum Depression

There are so many risk factors involved. Some of the most common includes:

  • Age at the time of pregnancy. Usually, the younger the mother is, the more likely she is to have postpartum depression.
  • The more children you have, the more likely you are to have postpartum depression
  • Having mixed feelings about the pregnancy.
  • Marital issues
  • Living all alone
  • Having a history of premenstrual dysphoric disorder or having a history of depression.
  • Having bouts of pregnancy before or during the pregnancy.

Even though these are the common factors, don’t cross out instances where you notice the symptoms.

Is it Curable?

Postpartum depression is curable. However, it’s best to try not to overemphasize on it. This technically means that you are paying attention to it but it shouldn’t be the reason for some rash behavior. While this can be a very disturbing phase, it can be best cured through the right methods and the right train of mind.  Also, it is necessary to have counselling during pregnancy. This way, it makes it easier to tackle it easily. In addition, constant tasking and training of the mind makes everything easier. Thus, every expectant mother should work on their mindset. For instance, giving themselves beautiful quotes and getting their partners involved. Despite all these, there are still chances that it can happen. However, having a trained mind makes it less intense. Thus, one

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