Postpartum Depression is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth and can affect both sexes.
ONSET: 1 week to 1 month after childbirth
- 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 take care of 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.
- Share Your Feelings – Talk openly about your feelings to your partner, call a caring friend or join a mother’s group.
- Ask for Support – Call relatives and friends and ask for help with taking care of the baby, house chores or just for company.
- Slow down – On housework. Do one thing at a time. Get take out
- 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.
- Pamper yourself – Go to a spa, get a massage, pedicure, manicure and facial. Go and shop for a post baby outfit, wear make-up or wear your favourite dress to boost your mood especially on difficult days.
- See a doctor – If the symptoms persist or get worse. The doctor may recommend antidepressants for you which are safe while breastfeeding.