In the midst of all the excitement, anticipation and positive emotions that pregnancy brings, there are multitude of stressful experiences faced by women that are not much talked about. Postpartum depression affects around 1 in 7 women. It can have an adverse effect on the well-being of both the mother and child, yet 1 in 5 women keep quiet about their symptoms and therefore remain untreated.
What is postpartum depression or "Baby blues"?
The majority of women experience at least some symptoms of the baby blues immediately after childbirth. It’s caused by the sudden change in hormones after delivery, combined with stress, isolation, sleep deprivation, and fatigue. Rage and resentment are two of the most common feelings experienced during postpartum depression.
The baby blues usually fade on their own within a few days to one to two weeks.
You are not alone.
More than 70% of women going through PPMD feel the need to hide their struggle due to the momentous social stigma around it.
Most women struggling with PPMD feel guilty about their symptoms in the absence of awareness about the underlying cause.
Some mothers experience a startling sense of disconnection from their babies and from the expectation they had of what it would be like to be a mom.
Your body and mind go through many changes during and after pregnancy. For most new mothers, the first several days after having a baby is an emotional roller coaster ride.
What can you do?
- Get as much rest as you can.
- Accept help from family and friends.
- Connect with other new moms.
- Create time to take care of yourself.
- Speak to a doctor so that they can evaluate your symptoms and devise the best treatment plan for you.
- Find a safe space to talk about the gloomier side of motherhood. Support groups can play a pivotal role in making you feel at ease while you are undergoing treatment.
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