Fighting Post-partum Depression

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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.

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If postpartum blues are this common, why are women not talking about it, neither are their partners?
Well, it may be because it is not easy to explain, why would a new mother feel sad when her long-awaited bundle of joy is right in her arms? The woman is disappointed at herself for feeling less than excited over the new baby. She is worried about being labelled, ‘an incapable mother’. She keeps her feelings to herself, simply wishing it away. However, speaking up is a wise course. Nevertheless, family members play a huge role in this regard in drawing the woman’s feelings out.

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Postpartum depression interferes with the natural mother and child bonding, this usually affects the child’s normal social and emotional development. In extreme cases, affected parent suffering from postpartum depression may kill their newborn. This makes postpartum depression a serious medical situation.

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