So you've just given birth to
a lovely baby. You should be feeling happy, right? But why do
you feel down? Why do negative thoughts invade your mind? Why
do you sometimes feel that you hate your baby? Perhaps it is
not just a case of the blues. You might be experiencing postpartum
depression symptoms. Read about postpartum
depression symptoms here and find out if there's something
more to your blues.
But before we go into the symptoms,
rest assured that postpartum depression is normal. It does not
mean that you are a bad mother or are going crazy. It is a perfectly
normal condition mainly caused by fluctuations in the hormones.
Below are some signs of postpartum
depression you have to watch out for:
Are you worried more than usual? Do you think of unusual, farfetched
scenes of something bad happening to you or your family?
your patience wearing thin these days? Do you snap easily at
Sleeping problems. Are
you having trouble sleeping, or are you sleeping too much? Either
of these two extremes can mean postpartum depression.
Is sadness or an impending sense of doom your constant companion?
Does suicide look increasingly appealing to you everyday?
you feeling more weepy than usual? Do you easily get upset?
Are you often absentminded, distracted or have problems focusing?
Do you "block out" in the middle of a conversation?
Discomfort or indifference
towards the baby. This is the symptom that is arguably
the most difficult to deal with. You might hate yourself and
feel that you are a bad mother for feeling this way but don't
fret - this is very normal for women with postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression can sometimes
go away after a few days or two weeks. But if the symptoms last
longer than this period, you may need to seek professional help
already. If you have serious thoughts of harming yourself or
your child, then it is best to seek medical help immediately.
Be alert for these postpartum
depression symptoms and take action as necessary.
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