Can you imagine about the mental health of new moms battling with postpartum depression , PTSD??

Sruthi Bhupathiraju

6/25/20232 min read

What are the causes of postpartum depression?
1. Thought to be caused by a combination of physical, emotional, and social factors.

2. Hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and the stress of adjusting to motherhood can all contribute to the development of this condition.

3. Additionally, a personal or family history of depression, a difficult or traumatic childbirth experience (PTSD), and a lack of support from family or friends may increase the risk.

How can moms suffering from postpartum depression be helped??
The treatment for postpartum depression typically involves a combination of antidepressants and therapy. Over all this, her partner's care, support and empathy play a major role as she need it to the most.

5 things that can help moms with postnatal depression in addition to treatment:
1. Social connect: Connect with other moms who are facing same situation as you, who can understand you and empathize.
2. Make time for yourself: Ask your partner or someone to take care of your baby for few hours and make time for yourself like self-care, meditation, a warm bath listening your favourite music or hangout with friends .Something which you enjoy.
3. Ask help: Never hesitate to ask for help from your partner or any other person for taking care of baby or for doing house chores.
4. Physical activity: Do some physical activity to keep yourself fit and active that also makes you mentally fit.
5. Breastfeed your baby: As breastfeeding releases oxytocin hormone that reduces stress, it helps you in relaxation and building bond with your baby.

One of my close friends has suffered a lot with this postnatal depression. Luckily she realized and took help on time. The pain of new moms fighting with this is unbearable both physically and emotionally. Cause may vary but not the emotional trauma.

I'm trying to spread the awareness regarding postnatal depression and to be with needy and hope you too. Thanks for your valuable time.

I'm waiting here to listen about your experiences regarding childbirth and other issues through comments and suggestions.

Good mental health is must for everyone.
New moms may sometimes feel immensely depressed after giving birth known as postpartum or postnatal depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), means distress developed after a traumatic or painful delivery experience.

It is characterized by feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that can interfere with the mother's ability to care for herself and her baby. Postnatal depression can occur anytime within the first year after childbirth, although it commonly develops within the first few weeks or months.

Symptoms of postnatal depression can vary but may include:
1. Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.
2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that was once enjoyable.
3. Changes in appetite either increased or decreased.
4. Insomnia or excessive sleep.
5. Fatigue or loss of energy.
6. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
7. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
8. Thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
9. Irritability or anger.
10. Withdrawing from family and friends.

It is important to seek professional help if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PPD, as it can have a significant impact on the well-being of both the mother and the baby.