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Approximately 15% of new mothers experience postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is a chemical imbalance with symptoms including deep feelings of sadness, doubt or guilt that may appear a few days after birth or even a year later. 

Symptoms usually resolve themselves after one or two weeks.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?


We all have bad days. Postpartum depression and anxiety are not only bad days.

Every woman suffers depression in a different way. Symptoms do not have to match.

Women with postpartum depression have symptoms most of the time, for a period of at least 2 weeks or more, and sometimes these symptoms can hinder the day. Some of them are:

• You feel overwhelmed. You feel that you can ever be able to handle the new situation.

• You feel guilty. You feel your baby deserves better. You overwhelms your baby feel bad, I cried so much … Maybe even you think your baby would be better off without you.

• Do you feel connected to your baby? It ‘s not like what you see on television or read in magazines.

• You feel confused and scared. Can not you understand why this is happening?

• You feel irritated or angry. You do not have patience. Everything bothers you. Feel resentment towards your baby, your partner or your friends who have no children.

• You can not stop mourn. Although there is no reason why you feel that way, you have a terrible sadness.

You can not eat, or overeating is the only thing that makes you feel better.

• Your sleep is disturbed. Or can not sleep, or you’re so tired you can not stop sleeping.

You can not concentrate and have trouble remembering things.

You can not relax. Your mind does not stop, and neither. You have to be doing something all the time: cleaning bottles, washing baby clothes, cleaning the house, …

• Are you constantly worried? Are you doing well? Is the baby awake? Is the baby eating enough? Are you sure I’m doing something wrong with my baby?

You are afraid to be alone with your baby.

They may appear even  physical symptoms such as stomach cramps or headaches, tremors or nausea. You might even have panic attacks.

These symptoms can vary in severity, and in severe cases may require specialized treatment.

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What causes postpartum depression?


Genetics, emotions, hormonal changes and lifestyle factors play an important role.
After childbirth, it occurs significant drop in hormones that may contribute to postpartum depression.
In addition, postpartum others produce physiological changes, such as changes in blood volume, blood pressure, immune system and metabolism, which may contribute to fatigue and mood swings.
The lack of sleep and overwhelming that it may be this new situation may make it difficult to handle everyday situations.
The feeling of inability to care for the baby, feeling less attractive or losing control can increase feelings of anxiety and thus contribute to postpartum depression.
In addition, there are also other factors such as the existence of other brothers, the level of personal requirement, problems in establishing breastfeeding, financial problems or lack of support from the couple or family can also encourage the development postpartum depression.

 

What can be done to prevent postpartum depression?


There are some simple, practical steps that a mother can take to prevent postpartum depression:

• It is important to ask for and accept help from family and friends.

• Rest everything you can. Try to sleep when the baby sleeps, and if possible ask for help from your partner to feed the child during the night. Note that you do not push.

• Set realistic expectations.

• Make exercise and leads a healthy diet.

• Avoid comparisons. There are many right ways to act as parents, it is important to find what is the most appropriate for each family and try to avoid compared with others.

• Social support. It may be helpful to talk to other mothers who are going through or have gone through the same situation, this can be a great help.

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