What is postpartum depression and its causes

What is postpartum depression and its causes

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Motherhood is the most beautiful journey that a woman embarks. It is a life-changing process that turns a woman to a mother. Most women consider motherhood as the greatest gift in life. However, it is not always the case. There is a rare form of depression that affects only new mothers, it is known as postpartum depression. In this condition, the new mother doesn’t feel happy or emotionally connect with her child. It can happen anytime within the one year span of having the child. Also, the common misconception about this depression is that it affects only the first time moms but it can happen even when the child is not the first-born one. (Also read: How dancing helps to fight against depression)

What are the signs of Postpartum depression?

Every woman feels some overwhelming emotions after the child-birth but eventually, these emotions settle down. However, in some cases, these emotions take a really negative turn and the new mother ends up with postpartum depression. The common signs and symptoms of postpartum depression are

  • Overwhelming feeling of loneliness
  • Inability to bond or connect with the baby
  • Desire to stay isolated
  • Constant mood swing
  • Lack of motivation to take care of the baby
  • Negative self-image
  • Feeling of despair and sadness.
  • Difficulty in sleeping or eating
  • Scary and paranoid thoughts about the baby

What are the causes of Postpartum Depression?

Hormonal changes
Pregnancy’s journey is full of changes. Also, the mother’s body changes in every possible way. The most significant changes that occur during pregnancy are hormonal. Therefore when after delivery, the hormones start to go back to normal as a result the mother’s mental state is affected. (Also read: What are the diseases that are caused by the depression)

Emotionally overwhelming experience
The delivery of a child is a very tough process for the mother and as a result, she is completely drained after it. Therefore, this fatigue and exhaustion often play an important role in Postpartum depression.

Physical changes that the body goes through
A mother’s body completely changes after the delivery. Moreover, for some mothers, it is very difficult to adapt to the changes and accept them. (Also read: How to help your partner to deal with depression)

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