All about Postpartum Depression
Are you at risk of depression in pregnancy? This is also called Postpartum Depression.
So, you’ve had your baby and you are so happy!! Are you? Some new mothers feel a sense of sadness. They feel as if they are suffering a loss after giving birth to their babies. Some of these feeling are actually normal. In time, they pass. In other cases, they can intensify. If that does happen, you may be suffering from Postpartum Depression, also known as PPD, or depression in pregnancy.
Recent government figures have reported that close to 15 percent of new mothers are affected. This disorder can range from mild to severe. Although depression is a well known disorder that frequents many new mothers’ post pregnancy experience, it still is often undetected, therefore, untreated.
Being aware ahead of time of the possibility of obtaining this disorder can keep you (and your spouse!) on top of it and get the proper treatments if necessary.
What causes PPD?
Women with a history of depression have a greater chance of developing PDD. The next group of women that are at risk is first time mothers, as well as single mothers that feel alone or have little social support. If your baby has special needs, you can also be at risk. As a new mother, we have to get used to being a mother to a newborn, even if you have already had children.
What are the signs of PPD?
Postpartum depression usually happens within the first five months after giving birth. If it is not treated, it can last anywhere from three months to to a year! Like regular depression, symptoms include intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, loss of appetite which results in weight loss, and trouble sleeping. Believe it or not, PPD can cause women to have anxiety of harm coming to the baby, or they can feel straight out numb, or have a difficult time connecting with the baby.
What to Do:
Definitely talk with your close friends and family. PPD should be treated. Psychotherapy, medications or both can turn it around.
– Studies have shown that even for women who breastfeed, there truly are medications that can be used to treat postpartum depression in pregnancy. Most antidepressants are safe to take. Consult with your doctor.