Postpartum Depression

It is normal to experience the “baby blues” during the first days and weeks after giving birth. You may have feelings of disappointment, irritability or anxiety that usually go away without treatment. However, these feelings could also be a sign of postpartum depression, which is much more serious and longer-lasting than the baby blues. Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth. Although the exact cause of postpartum depression remains unclear, it is likely that a number or factors are involved.

Changing family roles, hormonal changes, stress, marital strife and a family history of mental illness can all contribute to postpartum depression. Common symptoms of postpartum depression include:

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  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Confusion
  • A fear of harming your baby or yourself
  • Mood swings characterized by exaggerated highs and lows
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Uncontrolled crying with no known cause
  • Extreme worry for your baby
  • Lack of interest in your baby
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Resentment
  • Memory loss
  • Feelings of isolation

If you believe you are suffering from postpartum depression, it is very important that you get proper treatment as soon as possible not only to ensure that your baby is safe and properly cared for but to help you feel like yourself again and enjoy parenthood.

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