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  • Post partum depression in women

    Have a query about post partum depression? Wondering how does it affect the baby and mother? On this page our experts shall provide all the required information about this ailment.

    What are the symptoms of postpartum depression in mothers and how to deal with it in the day today life? How it will affects both the baby and the mother , and what are the remedies to cope with this syndrome? Do it will cause psychosis or any other mental abnormality in mother which leads to life threat to the baby itself?
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  • Generally, the postpartum period starts immediately after childbirth as the mother's body hormone levels and uterus size returns to a non-pregnant state. Postpartum depression is a complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioural changes that happen in some women after giving birth. There are different kinds of symptoms found in many women after childbirth :
    1. Severe fatigue
    2. Lower libido
    3. Trouble sleeping
    4. Appetite changes
    5. Disinterested in your baby
    6. Severe anger and crankiness
    7. Loss of pleasure
    8. Thoughts of death or suicide
    9. Thoughts of hurting someone else
    10. Trouble concentrating
    11. Feeling hopeless
    If you are suffering from postpartum depression, you should consult your doctor very soon so that you could get better treatment on time. There are two main treatments for postpartum depression: medication and therapy.
    1. Medication: Antidepressants gives a direct effect on the brain. It alters the chemicals that regulate mood. It is time taking process. It may take several weeks in finding a difference in your mood. Some people have side effects while taking antidepressants. They may feel fatigued, decreased sex drive, and have dizziness. Some antidepressants are safe to take for breastfeeding women.
    2. Therapy: Therapy are helpful in destructive thoughts and It gives good result. In some women estrogen levels are low so in such a situation doctor recommended hormone therapy.
    Besides, medical treatment natural remedies are also there such as exercise and sound sleep, massage, meditation, and other mindfulness practices may reduce this problem. Take a proper diet that is high in nutrients, but low in processed foods.

  • The birth of a baby can cause some emotions excitement, joy, fear and anxiety. In some cases, it may cause depression also. Many mothers will have postpartum baby blues. It will begin within 2 or 3 days after delivery and maybe there for a maximum of 15 days. In some rare cases, this will continue for many days and become a long-lasting depression. This is known as postpartum depression. In very rare cases this depression may become postpartum psychosis. There are treatments to come out of these problems and one has to contact a good psychiatrist and go as per his advice.
    Postpartum depression will have the following symptoms.
    1. Depression
    2. Unnecessary crying and no proper attachment with the child
    3. Keeping alone and not mixing with family and friends
    4. No sleep or sleep for longer durations.
    5. fatigue
    6. Irritation and anger
    7. Hopelessness
    8. Feelings of guilt
    9. Restlessness
    10. Thinking about death and suicide attempts.

    The cause for this disorder may be a drop in hormones in the body. This drop-in hormone may make you feel very tired and depressed. Some emotional issues like anxiety about taking care of the child, feeling of losing beauty and feeling of insecurity will also cause this problem.

    These problems are to be taken seriously if they are lasting even after 2 weeks and you should consult the doctor. This disorder may not be there for some mothers during the first delivery but may feel the same in the second delivery and the next delivery. Neglecting this may make the problem more severe.

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  • In some cases in some women mainly due to hormonal imbalance a depressive situation might appear which may require checking and diagnosis by a doctor. Depression is sometimes harmful for the person as it affects the mental setup and the person might need some minimum help and emotional support from the family members. Sometimes that becomes more important than the doctor's advice.

    Generally these disorders begin within 3-4 weeks after delivery. At the time of pregnancy many changes take place in the body of the woman and once the baby is delivered the body tries to come back to the pre-pregnancy levels. During that stage there are chances that the woman might get psychological changes inside her and if that is not taken care through medication and counselling then the depression might turn deeper and create problems of serious kind.

    Many women suffer this syndrome after delivery of baby but the severity is generally less and they come back to normalcy soon. Only in some cases about 1 in 1000 one could get the severe bout of depression and then it would require serious medication and counselling.

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  • Postpartum depression is a combination of physical, emotional and behavioural changes that might occur in some women after the delivery of the child. We can notice such developments among women folk within the four weeks of delivery and the situations are based upon the duration of time of delivery and onset of depression. There could be some chemical changes which can be manifested with rapid changes in the hormones after the occurrence of the delivery.
    These hormones develop rapidly during the period of pregnancy. Apart from that there is a psychological and social pressure which further triggers the cause of depression.
    Some of the symptoms which could be noticed among the patients are as follows-
    1) Frequent mood changing
    2) Disturbed sleeping
    3) Changes in the appetite pattern
    4) Lower libido
    5) Severe fatigue
    6) Lack of concentration
    There might be inclusion of other factors such as thoughts of suicides, feeling of loneliness, loss of sensual pleasures etc.
    If the symptoms are not taken care of, it could be dangerous to both the child and the mother.
    The patients would be required professional help if
    1) Symptoms persist beyond two weeks
    2) They cannot handle day - today activities
    3) Thoughts might prevail in their minds to harm the babies
    4) Remaining panicked most of the times.
    In case of postpartum psychosis, medicines are prescribed by the doctors depending upon the severity of cases. If required, the patients might be hospitalised. A care is taken in respect of medications if the mother provides breastfeeding to the baby. In such situations, they need to take special advice of the doctors.

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