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All you Need to Know About Postpartum Depression

There is definitely a shift seen in mothers from the previous years to the modern day mothers. Women if the 21st century is more career-oriented, focussed and are exposed to greater opportunities in comparison to earlier times. The traditional women were always confined to homes and happily looked after their family but this is definitely not the case today.

The mothers now are much more modern and are highly inclined towards their work. They generally have to sacrifice their own social and professional lives to bring up their children which they are not generally very happy about. Seeing the sleep deprivation, new responsibilities and lack of time for themselves, it’s no astonishment that several moms undergo an emotional rollercoaster. This is the reason why most of the Modern Mothers deal with Postpartum Depression.

Postpartum Depression: An Insight

Most new and modern moms have Baby Blues wherein a feeling of sadness, anxiety sinks in the first days after childbirth. This phase can last up to a few days or even weeks. A woman can experience a rush of emotions and can feel sad, irritated, exhausted, dispirited, unhappy, tired or moody during this while.

Postpartum Depression can affect people in several different ways. Some of the symptoms can be loss of libido, unnecessary fatigue, guilt, no motivation, lack of interest in the baby, loss of appetite, feeling of being trapped and a lot more.

Why It Happens

These mood changes are believed to be a natural effect of the hormone changes that happen after pregnancy. The fluctuations in the levels of estrogen and progesterone that amplified during pregnancy drop abruptly after delivery of the baby which affects the mood of the mother. These hormones take some to return to normal within a week or so.

Whereas, some modern mothers, go through the same until they are attached to the baby because of the affecting lifestyle before the baby. This condition improves with times and improves the relationship between the mother and the baby.

How to Cope Up

–         It is very crucial for the mother to take proper rest and nutrition during this phase. Their body really needs it because she feels exhausted, sleep deprived or stressed. Lack of rest or proper diet can generally worsen the situation.

–         New moms should accept help in the first days and weeks after labor and delivery. It’s okay for your family members and friends to do your food shopping, household chores and take care of your child.

–         Try spending as much as time with your Spouse. Many modern mothers might feel like crying and want to be loved and this can only be done properly by your spouse.

–         It is important to address this problem and never left untreated. If the symptoms fail to go away, it needs the help of the doctor. Discuss your signs of the problem with your doctor and get medicated.

–         Indulge what you like doing whenever you get free time from the baby.

In conversation with Dr. Rita Bakshi, Senior Gynaecologist and Founder, International Fertility Centre.

About Dr. Rita Bakshi:  

Senior infertility specialist & gynecologist Dr. Rita Bakshi is the chairperson of International Fertility Centre.
She sees herself as a catalyst, which has helped illuminate the lives of many by her passion of treating infertile couples while quenching their search for a bundle of joy in their lives

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