There is so much stigma attached to Postpartum Depression that it makes difficult for mothers to get help or open about their issues that they are facing after childbirth. Big life transitions like pregnancy and childbirth are major triggers for Postpartum Depression, because they add a lot of stress to mother’s lives.
Anxiety sometimes goes hand in hand with the depression, and for many women, the symptoms kick in during pregnancy; hormones likely play a big role in this case. Levels of certain hormones mainly progesterone and estrogen are the culprit. Also, women who have previously struggled with anxiety and depression are at a greater risk of developing depression or anxiety during perinatal period. Other risk factors of depression include poverty/ financial issues, marital stress, birth trauma, and a history of abuse.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression:
- Anger, Rage, Irritation
- Sleep problems
- Trouble Concentrating
- Feeling Intense guilt and inadequate
- Severe Mood swings
- Feeling disconnected with baby/family/friends
- Feeling sad & crying without a reason
- Loss or change of appetite
- Struggling with your daily activities
When you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to Get Help! Every woman will experience symptoms differently, so it is critical to reach out for help or talk to someone if you feel like something is not right. You may feel scared or embarrassed to ask help but remember it’s really important to take care of yourself and feeling these symptoms during perinatal period is normative.