Postpartum Depression and the 'Baby Blues'

Postpartum Depression and the 'Baby Blues'

          Many women suffer from mood swings after they have baby. They feel happy one moment and the next moment they start crying. They will feel depressed, have no appetite and be incapable of concentrating. They may even not be able to sleep properly after the baby has fallen off to sleep.

          Usually these symptoms make an appearance 3 to 4 days after the baby is born and they can last for a few days. This is known as baby blues, and is considered quite normal. Usually the symptoms go away within 10 days of giving birth. However, in some women, the symptoms do not go away and tend to be present for months together. This then is known as postpartum depression.

          Postpartum depression is an illness and it can be treated through medication, therapy and support groups. Many women get depressed immediately after the baby is born, but some women tend not to get depressed for many weeks or months after the baby is born. Any depression that occurs within 6 months of the child being born is taken to be postpartum depression.

          This type of depression is seen in women where the depression is not connected to the pregnancy, women who suffer from severe PMS, those who are in a difficult marriage, those who do not have too many friends and family to depend on, or those who had stressful situations during the pregnancy or immediately after childbirth.

          Researchers still do not know the exact cause of postpartum depression. However, they do believe that changes in the hormones during pregnancy and immediately after delivery play a role. Researchers believe that changes in the hormone levels could be causing chemical changes in the brain and this, in turn, could be leading to depression.

          This type of depression can last for a few weeks to a few months. In some women, the symptoms can be quite severe and that is why it takes long to go away. However, these women can be treated for the depression just like any other depression. Postpartum Depression and the 'Baby Blues'