Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression or "Baby Blues" is a condition that comes about after you conceive a child. It does not matter if it is your first or fifth child, you will more than likely be affected by this condition. Signs that postpartum depression are present are mood swings, feeling sad, anxious, or overwhelmed, feeling hopeless, worthless, and the thought of hurting yourself or the child. These symptoms are usually not severe and do not need treatment to fix.

It is estimated that 9-16 % of postpartum women will experience PPD (postpartum depression) after giving birth to their child (children). Among the women who have already experienced PPD following a previous pregnancy, some occurrences estimates increase to 41%. Some women experience this condition longer than others, sometimes even months after the birth of the child.

Life with PPD can be hard, leading to inability to perform everyday actions and increase risk of anxiety, cognitive impairment, guilt, self-blame, and fear. When suffering from PPD you may also notice that the children also suffer. They sometimes become withdrawn, inconsolable, irritable, display insecure attachment and behavioral problems, experience problems in social, emotional, and cognitive development. Many children also have a higher risk to anxiety and depression later in life.

The man cause for PPD is simply hormone imbalances that cause emotional surges. When pregnant, your body will make extra estrogen and progesterone, and just drop all the extra levels after the baby is born resulting in emotional surges. To combat this you must get proper rest, nutrition and support from family and loved ones. If you have to cry, then cry, it is important to let out these emotions so the healing process can begin and take hold.