The joy of motherhood cannot be quantified…it is indescribable.
Yet, it can sometimes be overwhelmingly challenging…
Birth of the baby usually ushers in a new beginning. It heralds the presence of a bundle of joy in the home. However, unpleasant feelings may creep in, distorting the happiness of the family – postpartum depression (PPD).
Postpartum depression, as the name goes, simply means depression occurring after delivery of a baby. It is usually within six weeks of birth of a child or in rare circumstances may even begin before delivery. Postpartum depression may last for weeks, months or even years. PPD commonly affects mothers but sometimes may be seen in a new father as well.
Postpartum depression is different from postpartum blues (a mild and transient depressive feeling that occur in many mothers after delivery). Postpartum blues is very common, it is reported to happen in 70% – 80% of all women after child birth. Many women experience feelings of confusion and sadness 2 to 5 days after delivering their baby. Centers for Disease Control, reports that 11% to 20% of women who give birth each year have postpartum depression symptoms.
‘It feels like a thick blanket of gloom is spread all over me, the more I try to escape from the cover of moodiness, the more it envelopes me’, says one new mother.