What You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

There is always much talk about the joy of becoming a mother, and although it is true that it is, like everything else in life, becoming a mother also has its not-so-good things and yet it is not talked about much. There is talk about the fact that by becoming a mother we gain weight, we get stretch marks, we get a lot of cravings, we have a hard time moving, but we are told that in the end it is all worth it when we have our little one in our hands and as far as physical issues are concerned, this can be solved with a mommy makeover in Tijuana. And it is true that all those little inconveniences of being a mother can be overcome, however, unlike what many people think, this does not only end after giving birth to the baby, at least not for all women, as some often suffer from something known as postpartum depression. 

Not many women know about postpartum depression, even some women suffer from it and don’t realize what it is and consequently don’t know how to treat it. For this reason it is very important that as women and mothers-to-be we know what postpartum depression is so that we can identify it if it occurs at any time in us or in someone close to us and we know how to help and what we can do.  

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that affects some women after giving birth. Some symptoms are extreme sadness, anxiety and tiredness, which make it difficult or impossible to perform some daily activities, as the case may be. There is no single cause of postpartum depression. It is a consequence of a combination of different physical and emotional factors. Once a woman gives birth, her hormone levels drop rapidly, which can cause certain chemical alterations in the brain that generate changes in mood. Another thing that also has a big influence is that some women do not have the opportunity to rest after childbirth as they need to fully recover. The constant lack of sleep causes physical discomfort and exhaustion and this can lead to the symptoms of postpartum depression.    

The most common symptoms of postpartum depression are as follows: 

  • Feelings of sadness, despair and emptiness.
  • Frequent and unexplained crying. 
  • Feeling worried or anxious 
  • moodiness and irritability 
  • Insomnia. 
  • Isolation.
  • Eating too much or too little. 
  • Constant doubt about your ability to care for the baby.

It is important to know that only a certified physician can give a diagnosis of postpartum depression to a woman, since the symptoms are quite broad and can vary from woman to woman. It is also very important to receive medical attention in order to treat the condition and avoid major consequences. 

Postpartum depression can be treated with therapy or medication. This will depend entirely on the patient and how severe the depression is. Untreated postpartum depression can last from months to years and can affect a mother’s health as well as limit the relationship between her and her baby.