Postpartum depression also known as postnatal depression is a term that is used to describe the depression that some women suffer from after they have a baby. Many women feel sad or empty after childbirth, which is normally known as the baby blues, but it goes away after a few days. If the feelings do not go away, you may be suffering from postpartum depression.
How does postpartum Depression manifest itself?
Because postpartum refers to the period after childbirth, this depression usually occurs after your baby is born. It affects both your physical health and your behavior.
Many mothers who suffer from this disorder do not feel connected to their babies. They sometimes lack affection for the baby and may feel like that they are bad mothers. Some moms may even have thought of hurting themselves or their baby or thinking that the baby is someone else’s.
You may feel lonely, sad, or empty which will persist even after a few days or weeks. This is not the norm, and you should seek help if you feel this way.
Moms who suffer from this disorder may also find that they cry a lot and that they want to be alone, away from family and friends.
Some mothers may also either eat too much or too little, and sleep too much or too little. They may also feel restless or moody and have no energy and motivation.
What should you do if you suspect you have postpartum depression?
Talk to a friend or a family member.
If you suspect that you are suffering from this illness, talk to a trusted friend or a family member. Tell them how you feel and be willing for them to help. During this time, you may need special help in taking care of your baby and having someone who can help will be great.
See a doctor. Postpartum depression is an illness that needs to be treated by a qualified doctor. If you have any of the symptoms, call or go and see your doctor so that you can get the treatment you need to recover.
You can also try and get a lot of rest and sleep as you recover. Take advantage of the time your baby is sleeping so that you can also rest.
Join a support group or talk to other moms who have experienced the same thing. They will encourage you and support you. Doctors can recommend support groups that you can join.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to remember that it is not your fault that you feel this way. With proper treatment, you will get better and go back to raising your bundle of joy.
By Beth Mugo