Postpartum Depression | Baby blues and Baby pink

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Postpartum depression | Health Xo
Postpartum depression | Health Xo

Many mothers experience Post natal depression or “postpartum baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include:

  • Sadness
  • Low energy
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Reduced desire for sex
  • Mood swings
  • Crying spells
  • Loss of interest in baby
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • and difficulty sleeping

Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks.

But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth.

Causes:
 There is no single cause for Post Partum Depression. It may occur due to combination of factors such as hormonal factors, psychological factors and physical factors.
After childbirth, a dramatic drop in oestrogen and progesterone in your body may contribute to Postpartum Depression. Other hormones produced by your thyroid gland also may also drop which can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and depressed.
  • When you’re sleep deprived and overwhelmed, you may have problems in handling minor problems. You may be anxious about your ability to care for a newborn.
  • You may feel less attractive, struggle with your sense of identity or feel in capable or guilty.
Instead of baby blues some woman experience baby pink. They feel they are on top of the world, a mild form of mania.

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