Postpartum Depression is a fact and not a myth. Women experience postpartum depression at some point after the birth of their baby or babies.
The journey of motherhood can be overwhelming from achieving conception to pregnancy and finally to post delivery. Mothers will always say that every pregnancy is different, never the same with different experiences. For first time mums, the experience is more exhilarating especially when the support is not available or sufficient.
Approximately 70-80% of all new mothers experience some negative feelings or mood swings after the birth of their child. 10 to 15% of these women suffer from postpartum mood disorders (PPMDs), including postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety/OCD and postpartum psychosis.
The exact cause of the postpartum depression is unknown at this time. It is thought to be related to the hormone changes that occur during pregnancy and again after a baby is born. These hormonal changes may produce chemical changes in the brain that result in depression.
The Symptoms include:
Coping with Postpartum depression
There are several different ways that you can care of yourself if you are having the “baby blues.”
Source:American Pregnancy association
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