Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth and can affect both sexes.

CAUSE

Unclear

ONSET:

1 week to 1 month after childbirth

SYMPTOMS

  • Extreme sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, worthlessness or overpowering guilt
  • Crying all the time
  • Loss of interest or lack of enjoyment in your usual activities and hobbies
  • Trouble falling sleep at night, or trouble staying awake during the day
  • Loss of appetite or eating too much, or unintentional weight loss or weight gain
  • Restlessness or sluggishness
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling that life isn’t worth living
  • Being irritable or angry
  • Avoiding friends and family
  • Worrying excessively about your baby
  • Being uninterested in your baby, or unable to care for her
  • Feeling so exhausted that you’re unable to get out of bed for hours
  • In rare cases, some women with PPD experience delusional thoughts or hallucinations and may harm their baby.

TREATMENT

  1. Share Your Feelings: talk openly about your feelings to your partner, call a caring friend or join a mother’s group.
  2. Ask for Support- call relatives and friends and ask for help with taking care of the baby, house chores or just for company.
  3. Slow down- on housework. Do one thing at a time. Get take out
  4. Take a walk- around the block and take your baby with you. Fresh air and sunshine, being outdoors or meeting up with a friend for coffee nearby help a lot.
  5. Pamper yourself- go to a spa, get a massage, pedicure, manicure, facial. Go and shop for a post baby outfit, wear makeup or wear your favourite dress to boost your mood especially on difficult days.
  6. See a doctor- if the symptoms persist or get worse. The doctor may recommend antidepressants for you which are safe while breastfeeding.

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