Fear of Postpartum Depression after childbirthSubscribe

Imagine you get a new job that you have always wanted, but you feel that you are not enough. You constantly judge yourself for lagging. Even though you might be doing excellently well yet you struggle to feel content with your work. That is how some women feel after delivering a baby. Many women feel discouraged or unvalued after childbirth. There could be many signs of mental illness/ postpartum depression that you are unaware of. This article will highlight women's mental/emotional struggles after childbirth. Before we understand what postpartum depression is, let's know how women feel about postpartum depression.

Bringing a child into the world can be surreal and overwhelming for some women. Even though you were excited to see the gleaming face of your child, your enthusiasm gradually faded away after delivering your baby. This could be a sign of postpartum depression. 

What is PPD - Postpartum Depression? 

Postpartum depression is a complex mix of behavioral changes and emotional and physical constraints after giving birth. It is a medical condition that many women face after delivering a child. If you notice any signs of postpartum depression, contact your health care provider/mental health counselor before it's too late. 

In today's time, the majority of women struggle with postpartum depression. There are times when you might have noticed the signs of postpartum depression, but you turned a blind eye to it. Your friends and relatives often suggest that a little bit of sadness is normal after childbirth. However, you are the owner of your body. You know what is best and worst for you. You can't always make people understand what you are going through. Postpartum depression is not to be taken lightly. If you or anyone you know is suffering from any symptoms of postpartum depression, know that it is not your fault. It is not your fault for the way you are feeling. You are a great mother, regardless of your feelings and nothing can change it. 

If you think something is wrong with you. It's always better to seek medical opinion rather than listening to neighbors & relatives. Remember that pregnancy is a divine blessing. You have to enjoy it with all your heart. If you are fine, your child will be fine. Don't think you are alone on this journey. Several other women struggle to keep their happiness and the bond with their children intact. You are not alone. 

Why does PPD - Postpartum depression occur? 

Imagine if you boil water in extreme heat and the water starts bubbling. You suddenly lower the flame and touch the pan. You will get burned, right? Because the high flames have left their power behind. That's how a woman's body works after delivering a child. 

During pregnancy, hormone levels keep fluctuating. And your body has higher levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. But within 24 hours after delivery, your hormones tend to go back to their normal levels. The sudden decline in hormone levels leads to postpartum depression.  

Just like the sudden decline in flames can be harmful, even the sudden hormone drop can be detrimental. If you have more than five symptoms that stay longer than two weeks, you might be diagnosed with postpartum depression.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression - Hopelessness, Guilt, Loss of appetite, Mood swings, Anger, Agitation, Difficulty bonding with the child, Not being able to sexually get attracted to the partner, Panic attacks, Insomnia, No interest in activities, etc.

We hope this article was helpful to you. To read more such informative blogs on pregnancy, read our pregnancy forum.

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