FIRST WE AS WOMEN HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT BABY BLUES AND POSTPARTUM IS MORE COMMON THEN WE DISCUSS IT IS REAL AND WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS
It’s common for women to experience the “baby blues” — feeling stressed, sad, anxious, lonely, tired or weepy — following their baby’s birth. But some women, up to 1 in 7, experience a much more serious mood disorder — postpartum depression. (Postpartum psychosis, a condition that may involve psychotic symptoms like delusions or hallucinations, is a different disorder and is very rare.) Unlike the baby blues, PPD doesn’t go away on its own. It can appear days or even months after delivering a baby; it can last for many weeks or months if left untreated. PPD can make it hard for you to get through the day, and it can affect your ability to take care of your baby, or yourself. PPD can affect any woman—women with easy pregnancies or problem pregnancies, first-time mothers and mothers with one or more children, women who are married and women who are not, and regardless of income, age, race or ethnicity, culture or education.
HERE ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF POSTPARTUM:
The warning signs are different for everyone but may include:
A loss of pleasure or interest in things you used to enjoy, including sex
Eating much more, or much less, than you usually do
Anxiety—all or most of the time—or panic attacks
Racing, scary thoughts
Feeling guilty or worthless—blaming yourself
Excessive irritability, anger or agitation—mood swings
Sadness, crying uncontrollably for very long periods of time
Fear of not being a good mother
Fear of being left alone with the baby
Inability to sleep, sleeping too much, difficulty falling or staying asleep
Disinterest in the baby, family, and friends
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
Thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby (see below for numbers to call to get immediate help).
If these warning signs or symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, you may need to get help. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, recovery is possible with proper treatment.