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Postpartum Depression: Effect on Women's Health

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Becoming a parent is one of the most pleasing experiences in our life, but it is not easy as we think it also brings along a wide array of emotions inclusive of anxiety and fear. Postpartum depression is known to affect about 1 in 7 women. 1 in 5 women stay unaware about the same and hence remain untreated. You should not consider postpartum depression as baby blues both are different things. The latter disappears on its own while the former doesn’t.

You should know that postpartum depression is a treatable disorder. First, you should do is search for ‘’postpartum depression counseling’’ so that you can be given the necessary help. Let’s understand the causes and symptoms of postpartum depression.

Causes:

1. Hormonal changes that peak in the third trimester of pregnancy and then drop dramatically after birth
2. Having a newborn brings lifestyle changes that can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Taxing-sleep deprivation, new responsibilities, stress, and anxiety are common causes
3. Genetic and environmental factors can make a person more vulnerable to developing Postpartum depression (PPD) like-
● Earlier experience with depression or postpartum depression
● Depression during pregnancy
● Difficulty becoming pregnant
● Having multiples, like twins or triplets
● Being a young mom
● Preterm labor and delivery (before 37 weeks)
● Issues with Pregnancy and birth
● Having a baby who has been hospitalized

Symptoms:

• Crying and feeling low often
• Sleeping too much, or too little
• Having no appetite
• Lack of interest
• Having thoughts about harming yourself or your baby
• Lacking the energy
• Overwhelming anxiety about the baby’s well being
• Severe mood swings
• feeling irritability and anger issues
• Feelings of humiliation, wrongdoing, or insufficiency
• Feeling separation from family and friends
• Difficulty bonding with baby
• Overwhelming fatigue
• Insomnia
• Loss of appetite
• Loss of interest in sex

Several Ways to treat postpartum depression

• The first step in diagnosis is admitting there is a problem. Seek a doctor help only then it can be diagnosed
• Medication: May not be the most popular option but anti-depressants will help
• Counselling: talking to someone about your emotions, like a psychologist or therapist, can be really helpful
• Knowing that you’re not alone can make a huge difference in dealing with postpartum depression
• Natural treatments: They include: eating foods high in omega-3, exercise, including fun things in your day, & more

If you are facing any of the issues then you should definitely consider a Gynecologist without wasting more time. It’s better to take advice from an experienced gynecologist rather than fighting it alone. Taking advice from professionals will help you to understand the root cause of the problem.

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