Life after having a baby is really great but it can sometimes be very challenging and stressful. Even if you had planned it so perfectly before the child was born or how much you love your child, this major change in your life can be depressive and you have to learn to handle it. New parents, particularly mothers generally freak out because of new life, new responsibilities and lack of “me time”. This process of freaking out may get worse and it may seem impossible to manage your life with the newborn.
This is known as Postpartum Depression or Postnatal Depression or PPD. If you feel like you may have postpartum depressed, you are not alone. Researches suggest Approximately 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression.
A lot of women suffer from baby blues after the childbirth, which may include mood swings, feeling sad, anxious or overwhelmed, trouble sleeping, crying spells and decreased appetite. The baby blues are common and generally go away within a week or two. The symptoms are not severe but symptoms of postpartum depression are more severe and last longer. It severely affects a woman’s ability to get through her daily routine.
Postpartum depression or postnatal depression and the baby blues have many common symptoms, including mood swings, crying spells, sadness, insomnia, and irritability. Postpartum depression may look like the normal baby blues in the beginning.
But symptoms of postpartum depression are more long-lasting, dangerous and severe such as suicidal thoughts or inability to care of the baby. Symptoms usually start within a few weeks of delivery. They may develop up to six months afterward. Postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after the childbirth. The symptoms are quite similar to major depression:
If you feel you have symptoms of postpartum depression, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. Lifestyle changes can help reduce some symptoms of postpartum depression. The following activities may help you manage the increased stress that comes with the newborn baby:
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