Giving birth to a child is a wonderful experience that is unlike any other. It is the type of experience you have only a few times over the course of your life. However, not all new moms feel the same sense of happiness and joy when their new baby is born. Some moms experience the baby blues. They are sad, they cry, and they experience mood swings. This is perfectly normal and these feelings pass rather quickly. However, when these feelings are more severe and last for a long time, it could mean something bigger. You could be suffering from postpartum depression.
Signs of Postpartum Depression
The biggest thing people must understand about postpartum depression is that it may start off feeling like the typical baby blues. If it really is the baby blues, the feelings of sadness and anxiety will pass quickly. If it is not, the feelings will stick around and they will get progressively worse. The signs of postpartum depression include many things. You may experience a loss of appetite, insomnia, extreme anger and mood swings, fatigue worse than that of a typical new mom, no more interest in sex, and the inability to feel joy. Additionally, other signs of postpartum depression may include an inability to bond with your new baby, you might withdraw from your friends and family members, you may feel ashamed of yourself or guilty for your feelings, and you might even feel the urge to harm your baby or yourself. These symptoms are not to be taken lightly.
Treatment for Postpartum Depression
The first step in treating postpartum depression is recognizing when to call the doctor. If you experience any of the signs of postpartum depression for longer than two weeks, you should call your doctor. Additionally, if your feelings become worse over time and you find it difficult to handle everyday tasks such as caring for yourself and your baby, it’s time to call the doctor. If you have any thoughts of harming yourself or your newborn baby, call the doctor immediately.
The most common methods of treatment for postpartum depression include therapy, counseling, and medications. A mental help professional will talk to you about your feelings and help you get to the bottom of what is causing your feelings of unhappiness and depression. Another form of treatment is in the form of antidepressants. It’s important to remember that when you take antidepressants, the medication enters your breast milk. If you are breastfeeding your new baby, you need to check with your doctor to see if the antidepressants he prescribes are safe for your baby.
Another form of treatment is hormone therapy. Many medical professionals believe that the significant drop in estrogen after birth is what causes postpartum depression. Hormone therapy can replace the estrogen that giving birth removed from your body, which may help to regulate your moods and control your feelings of depression.
It is important to remember that the first treatment method you try may not help your postpartum depression. Your doctor may have to try a secondary form to help you get through this.