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The term "postpartum" refers to the period after delivery. Within a few days after giving birth, the majority of women experience "baby blues," or feelings of sadness or emptiness. For many women, the baby blues subside within three to five days. If your baby blues persist or if you feel depressed, hopeless, or empty for more than two weeks, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a severe mental disease that affects both the mind and body. If you suffer from depression, gloomy, flat, or empty sensations persist and might interfere with your daily life. You may feel disconnected from your kid, as if you are not the mother, or you may lack love and concern for the infant. These emotions can range from mild to severe. Additionally, mothers can develop anxiety disorders during or after pregnancy.
If you feel the following symptoms after giving birth, you might have postpartum depression. Please visit your doctor to relieve the symptoms:
- Feeling tired for no good reason
- Feeling irritable or angry
- Feeling guilty, ashamed, or hopeless
- Feeling so anxious or worried
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling agitated
- Feeling like everything is an effort
- Feeling worthless
- Big changes in appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling like things that you used to enjoy are no longer interesting
- Feeling unable to look forward to anything
- Feeling scared or panicky for no good reason
- Not able to stop crying
- Thoughts of suicide or of harming yourself
ADVANTAGES & EFFICACY
- Therapy helps you learn strategies to change how depression makes you think, feel, and act.
- Prescribed medicine helps to reduce postpartum symptoms.
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) helps you use it in extreme cases to treat postpartum depression.
What is postpartum thyroiditis?
It results in either high thyroid hormone levels in the blood or low thyroid hormone levels in the blood. This occurs only to 5% of women after giving birth.
What is postpartum preeclampsia?
It results in high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine. This is a very serious condition. Please discuss it with your doctor if you think you have some symptoms.
What is postpartum depression?
After giving birth, approximately 50–75% of new mothers experience postpartum depression, also known as "baby blues." This is a complex mix of all kinds of changes, including physical, emotional, and behavioral ones.