Postpartum Depression In Women

Giving birth is one of the most valuable occasion in a woman’s life. When a woman is pregnant she goes through many physical and mental changes. Not only during the trimesters of pregnancy but even also after childbirth, she might face psychological issues or experience trauma of some sort.

Many a times, after childbirth, women feel unattached to their child and feel that they aren’t an ideal mom. This feeling of emptiness and guilt is termed as postpartum depression. Feeling stressed, overwhelmed for 3-4 days after delivery is common. But if this lasts for more than 2-3 weeks then definitely it’s time you need to reach out for help.

During pregnancy, the estrogen level in women increases to the maximum limit. It’s at peak during these 9 months. However, after childbirth, this estrogen suddenly drops down to its normal level within 24hrs. This leads to depression. Extreme swings in the hormonal levels is another reason for postpartum depression.

Signs of postpartum depression are:

  • Feeling moody, de-motivated, lonely & sad at times
  • Crying spells
  • Not feeling connected with the baby
  • Feeling exhausted and deprived of sleep
  • Guilt & worthlessness
  • Avoiding social gatherings & activities
  • Losing interest in your most loved hobbies

How can postpartum depression be overcome at an early stage at home?

  • Take adequate rest and sleep
  • Try to sleep when your baby is sleeping
  • Talk to your partner and family about the problems you are facing and seek help in the daily routine
  • Surround yourself with positivity and motivating peers
  • Spend some quality time with your partner
  • Join a few online as well as the offline group of Mothers to discuss your issues

This phase in a woman’s life can be dealt with emotional and moral support from the family along with the therapy sessions & medications.

Publisher Name: eHealthFlex team

Date: 19-11-2020