What is Postpartum Depression and How to Prevent it?

Giving new life by childbirth triggers series of emotions, excitement, joy, fear, loneliness, and anxiety to new mothers. Sudden changes on emotional, physical, mental and behavioral patterns that may lead to Postpartum Depression.

Is Baby Blues normal?

Almost 70% of mothers experience postpartum “Baby Blues” after giving birth, it includes sudden mood swings, easily get irritated, feel bad, angry and sad, cry for no reason, restlessness and anxious. This may last up to 1 to 2 weeks after delivery. It can be manage by simply having someone to talk, to tell your worries and feel secure. Medical attention is not required.

Is Postpartum Depression needs medical attention?

Postpartum diagnosis is not only based on the length of time after delivery, it is also based on severity of depression. It is sometimes linked to hormonal imbalanced upon child birth. The symptoms are like from Baby Blues but much stronger, and more intense. There are changes on mental, physical, emotional, psychological behavior of the new moms. It almost keeps you away from doing the things you do on a daily basis. When you’re ability to think and deicide are affected you need to see a health care professional to seek help. You need to be treated with medication and counselling before it gets worse.

Is Postpartum Psychosis affect serious mental state?

It is a more complicated and serious mental illness, often happen on the first 3 months after giving birth. It approximately appear in 1 to 2 out of 1000 deliveries. When experiencing Postpartum Psychosis they have delusions, hallucinations (seeing/hearing something that are not true), gets irritated easily, insomnia, paranoia, mood swings, difficulty in communication, strong anger, restlessness, strange feeling and behavior. Women who experience this should be treated immediately with proper counselling and right medications.

The severity of PPD is treated differently depending on their symptoms. In rare cases hospital admission is needed.

These are tips to manage and prevent Postpartum Depression:

  • Seek help from others
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Have quality time with your partner
  • Rest and Sleep as much as you can
  • Read a book, listen to music and develop a hobby
  • Talk to your loved ones
  • Appreciate your baby
  • Neglect bad thoughts
  • Always remember there are good and bad days
  • Ask professional help if needed

See Also. How to deal with stress and anxiety?

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