Postpartum Depression Symptom & Treatment
Having your first newborn baby is a magical experience like no other. While the baby is most often the center of attention, the mother deserves some attention too. Pregnancy and giving birth brings a lot of hormonal changes in the body. Mothers may be easily overwhelmed with many different emotions such as joy, stress, and anxiety.
Just baby blues?
It is common for a new mother to feel anxious and nervous. “Baby blues” is commonly used to describe feelings of fatigue and unhappiness from giving birth. Postpartum/postnatal depression symptoms are usually somewhat similar.
The major difference here is that “baby blues” usually last for only several weeks. They are also less likely to severely affect the mother’s well-being. Usually, it only involves the mother feeling tired, worried or nervous towards facing motherhood.
Postpartum/postnatal depression may begin shortly after childbirth and last for a long time. Symptoms could include severe depression and anxiety which negatively affects the mother’s well-being.
A mother suffering from this might be so badly affected that she cannot properly care for herself and the baby. Due to the severity of the condition, postpartum/postnatal depression treatment is almost always required for mothers affected with it.
Is there a cause?
There is no particular reason why mothers go through depression. However, there are some mothers that are more likely to develop it. These can be caused by one or more risk factors including:
- A previous case of postpartum/postnatal depression
- Previous experience of other forms of depression
- Stressful life events during or after pregnancy
- Mixed emotional feelings towards the pregnancy
- Lack of strong emotional support
While it is difficult to isolate factors that cause the condition, mothers who have undergone these situations should be monitored for any postpartum/postnatal depression symptoms.
Is it really that bad?
Without proper attention and treatment, this condition could last for months and years after childbirth. Mothers suffering from this condition may be lacking the ability to look after themselves.
The mother is arguably the most important figure in a newborn baby’s life. If the mother is not unable to care for herself, the baby is very likely to be affected too. Depression might interfere with the mother’s ability to look after, care, and connect to the baby.
The baby might have problems eating and behavioral problems growing up due to the initial neglect. This is why postpartum/postnatal depression treatment is very important.
Because we care
At Esther Postpartum Care, we have had many years of experience in confinement services for new mothers. Throughout the years, we understand the physiological and psychological effects that pregnancy has upon mothers. Our team of doctors and nurses are dedicated to ensuring that mothers are well taken care of physically and mentally.
This is why we are offering postpartum/postnatal depression treatment for mothers exhibiting such symptoms. A postpartum psychological assessment is conducted for mothers to detect any symptoms of depression.
Our confinement center offers a safe environment for new mothers to recover, heal and adapt to motherhood. For more information about our confinement services, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today!