Becoming a mother is already challenging and tiring time and the days become even harder to get by when some trying situations are added to it. Some new mothers go through an array of emotions and become a ball of nerves. It is a normal change and most women feel mentally disoriented after having a baby and this condition is called ‘Postpartum depression’. In this state, the new mother suddenly starts crying and is unable to understand why her sentiments are going haywire.
It’s an intricate fusion of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that a woman experiences post the birth of her child. There are social, psychological, and chemical changes that are linked with the birth of a baby and it’s almost natural for a mother to feel postpartum depression. It onsets within a month of having a baby and may last a few months. However, the severity of the depression may vary for different women. Some may experience only the ‘baby blues’ whereas, for some mothers, it may be a more distressing and time-taking phase.
▪ Sudden and excessive crying
▪ Anger issues
▪ Difficulty with bonding with the newborn
▪ Severe mood swing
▪ Overwhelming mental and physical fatigue
▪ Inadequacy, restlessness
▪ Lack of sleep
▪ Intense irritability
▪ Panic attacks
▪ Inability to think clearly
Support the mother
Let’s not confuse the depression with it being some sort of character flaw or a weakness, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Prompt diagnosis and the right treatment can manage and make this condition of extreme mood disorder developed post-childbirth go away, thereby strengthening the mother-child bond.
Consult a doctor
Call your doctor, fix an appointment, and get started with the treatment. If not treated timely, it may last for many months or longer. It is natural to experience postpartum depression and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Its signs and symptoms may range from mild to severe and they should not be ignored because if left untreated, it may lead to life-threatening thoughts or behavior. Hence, immediate action is required if any of the symptoms are observed. It is not a disease, it is merely a chemical change that happens in new mothers and can be cured by right consultation, love, and understanding from the family and positive thoughts.