Postpartum depression is common in many women following the birth of their babies, but there seems to be a stigma surrounding it. Well, they aren't alone.
Postpartum depression is becoming more common in women, but there seems to be this idea that when she becomes a mother, she is complete. Well what makes her depressed? The birth of a child is a time of changes, new responsibilities, waves of new emotions, and feelings of a loss of freedom. And it all sets in quickly.
While Postpartum is common, it is also quite serious, and 1 out of every 5 women suffer from serious postpartum depression. Following childbirth, women have lost a ton of nutrients, suffer from a major and sudden loss of sleep, and often have to deal with changing bodies including sudden weight gain, and this isn't easy to cope with!
What may put you at risk?
- Trauma during pregnancy. This could be anything from a death in the family to any sudden stress.
- Not enough support. Having a support network is important, but when it feels like your spouse, family, or friends just aren't helping, or make things harder, it can increase your risk.
- Previous depression. I you have a history of depression, then it is entirely possible that the stress of pregnancy and childbirth can cause this.
- Family history. If your mother/sister have suffered from PPD, then it is more likely for you too as well.
Are you suffering from PPD?
While the symptoms may seem obvious, often people are completely unaware that there may be a reason for feeling that way. Restlessness and sudden mood swings? You may be suffering from Postpartum depression.
Some common symptoms of PPD
Know if you are suffering from PPD:
- Always restless
- Can't focus properly or remember things
- Trouble sleeping, although the baby is fast asleep
- Gaining lot of weight
- Insecure & low self confidence
- Dead tired throughout the day
All that you should know
How to deal with PPD
You can't begin to heal until you know what's wrong, so if you think you are suffering from PPD, here are some things to get you on the path to feeling better.
- Get some sleep! - Babies can keep new parents up all night, so if you need a break, just ask! A family member or your husband can handle some of those rough nights so that you can get a good rest for a couple of nights.It really helps!
- Talk to your doctor - Remember, you are not alone. Because many women suffer from PPD, your Doctor can provide different options to help treat some of your symptoms.
- Exercise - People always talk about the "runner's high", and its real! Exercise actually causes your brain to produce endorphins which make you reel good, putting you in a better mood, help regulate hormones, and beats stress.
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Remember, if you suffer from PPD, you are not alone! You can always talk to your spouse, friends, family, and Doctor about all these changes. They care about you and your physical AND mental health!