Understanding Postnatal Depression

Posted by Sara Baker on

You have a new baby, congratulations! By now, you should gradually start feeling better. However, if that is the case, why are you feeling low and crying? Well, these emotions are quite common for the first couple of days after your baby is born. In fact, you are experiencing baby blues, which will soon pass once your hormones are back to normal. If you are still struggling with these emotions two or more weeks later, then you need to seek support from your doctor.

Symptoms of postnatal depression
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, then you are suffering from postnatal depression:
- You are feeling extremely low, unhappy or tearful, especially in the morning and evenings
- If you are quickly irritated and angered by your loved ones
- If you are feeling extremely tired, exhausted, and with low energy
- Having trouble in sleeping and tends to lie awake throughout the night, even when your baby is deep asleep. You are also likely to wake early in the morning, even before your baby does.
- Loss of appetite and even forgetting your meals
- Loss of interest in sex
- Your daily chores become extremely challenging to complete
- You cannot enjoy anything even spending your time with your baby
- Always dealing with negative thoughts such as you are not the best mother in the world and that your newborn does not love you and ultimately feeling guilty for those thoughts. Such thoughts are likely to leave you with low self-confidence and feeling unable to cope.

- You are struggling with an overwhelming anxiety. You are also likely to worry that your newborn baby might be suffering, not adding weight, or they are no longer breathing. You are also likely to find yourself worrying about your health or even hurt your baby. With the overwhelming anxiety, you will experience a constant racing pulse, thumping heart, sweating, breathless, and always worrying about the fear of collapsing or suffering a heart attack.
- You are always avoiding people, the postnatal groups or visiting your friends and family
- You are always feeling hopeless and thinking that things will never be better again and that your family is better off without you.

If these feelings are found to be postnatal depression, there is no need to worry. According to statistics, about 10 and 15 out of every 100 mums suffer from postnatal depression. PND is nothing to be ashamed of although most mothers usually hide it opting to put on a fake happy face

Why are you suffering from postnatal depression?
Although there are several reasons why women suffer from PND, in some cases, there is no known reason for the condition. What you need to keep in mind is that it can happen to anyone.

If you have suffered from depression and anxiety during the pregnancy, you are likely to suffer from PND. Lack of support from your loved ones or recently suffered a tragic event might also result in PND.

Regardless of the source of the condition, the best thing is that it is treatable. By acknowledging you have a problem and seeking medical attention, your will easily deal with the condition successfully.

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