Most of the new mothers cope with post delivery
depression. Read on to know some facts about post delivery depression faced by
is Post Delivery Depression?
Post delivery depression is a curious
condition, but by and large it is considered to be a natural phenomenon
in most women. A baby is termed as a bundle of joy that the woman and her
family had been waiting for. Childbirth is a happy occasion and one might
wonder where from the sadness seeps in and turn it into a depression. Well,
this condition is experienced by over 80% of women around the world and is also
referred to as the baby blues. The depression is characterised by a general
feeling where the mother feels lonely, upset, anxious and afraid that she might
not be responsible enough towards her baby and at the same feel extremely
guilty for feeling so.
Facts on Post Delivery Depression
Let us have a look at some facts on post
Onset of Post Delivery Depression
The state that is commonly defined as post
delivery depression usually is found to set in after a couple of days after
childbirth, that is, when the woman gets an opportunity to actually think of
her state. Prior to this she is already too exhausted and drained out following
the entire episode of childbirth and other associated conditions that she does
not really get a chance to ponder. This post delivery depression stage can last
for a several days to perhaps around a fortnight.
by Most of the New Mothers
This type of depression or baby
blues are such a common condition that
is found to be experienced by almost all new mothers by and large that it is
not termed as an illness. The point to note is that this holds true for general
conditions, there are cases where the post delivery depression escalates into a
dangerous level which calls for immediate medical and psychological
Does not Affect Motherly Attributes
Post delivery depression is considered
to be curious as in no way does it makes the mother careless for her newborn.
Her innate ability to care for her child remains unaffected. It is the fear
that she might feel emotionally distant from her baby is what makes her
depressed, but it does not interfere with her motherly attributes.
Related to Any Past Depression Histories
Post delivery depression is not related
to any history of depression that the mother might have had. It is also not
directly caused by stress. However, one must note that a previous history and
stress can definitely aggravate the problem. These are the factors that can
trigger off the usual and mild post delivery depression into a full-blown
Baby does cause it. This means that the
mother is likely to undergo post
delivery depression if her baby happens to
be sick or colicky. After an exhaustive period of pregnancy and childbirth, if
the new mother is faced with a baby who happens to be sick and excessively
crying, it is natural for her to feel down and depressed.
Plays a Major Role
Post delivery depression can be dealt
with effectively if the woman receives the support of her partner and immediate
family. Childbirth is not only a physical but an overwhelming mental experience
as well. It brings about a definite change in the woman’s life. So, when she
receives the standing support of her partner, family and friends, it makes it
easier for her to adjust and adapt herself to the changes in her life. She can
readily come out of the depression. In a similar manner, due to the lack of
this very supportive, post delivery depression can set in and transform into
serious magnitude too.
It is vital to realise the fact that
although post delivery depression is natural, every effort must be made to
reduce it and help the new mother overcome it. From the medical point of view
it is the changes in the hormone levels that cause it and make the woman
emotionally extremely vulnerable.