Postpartum Depression (PPD)

What is it?

PPD is a group of symptoms that can negatively affect the mother once her baby is born. These symptoms change her mood, behaviour and outlook on life.

PPD can begin in pregnancy, right after birth, or anytime within the first 12 months after giving birth. The symptoms range from mild blues to total despair. Infact depression during and after pregnancy occurs more than you realize. It is the most common complication of childbirth. Approximately 15% percent of women experience it. While 10% experience it during pregnancy.

A new mother should rest assured that PPD is a temporary and treatable illness, with informed care recovery is within reach. And education goes a long way!

Symptoms

These vary from a person to another, and might include:

If any of these symptoms ring a bell for you, it might be a sign that you are experiencing PPD and you may find this guide helpful.

What causes Postpartum Depression?

Research shows that all of the factors listed below put you at a higher risk for developing PPD. Certain women are just more vulnerable to experiencing it.

Risk factors

Myths about Postpartum Depression

Most moms with PPD don't get the treatment because there is a confusion surrounding both PPD's symptoms and its treatment. Women with PPD are often portrayed negatively and many of them are ashamed to even admit to themselves what they're feeling and experiencing, let alone being able to talk about it even to close family.

Moms worry what others will think, whether they're even fit for motherhood.

As a result most women with PPD don't receive the treatment they so desperately need. The good news is that your suffering doesn't have to continue, because what you are experiencing is treatable when the Myths surrounding Postpartum Depression are acknowledged and avoided.

These Myths include:

Self-Assessment

Here is a Self-test for depression symptoms in pregnancy and postpartum: Self-Assessment

Self-Care steps

The following steps are designed to provide you with a starting point to begin helping yourself, dealing with your symptoms is your top priority. Start a plan of action now. These steps are geared toward getting you physically and emotionally balanced.

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