Every parent (fathers included) suffers from post partum depression after the birth of their child. While normal bouts of depression and anger are normal, some mothers go through prolonged periods of the anxiety. Women diagnosed with Post Partum Depression (PPD) show symptoms that last for weeks and interfere with the child’s development. Lack of sleep as well as hormonal changes in the woman’s body after child birth lead to PPD. Parent of children suffering from colic are likely to suffer from PPD. It can be cured with a few days of sleep.
A few symptoms that you would witness would be mood swings, anxiety, sadness, irritability, crying and trouble sleeping. A few signs of depression include loss of appetite, insomnia, intense irritability and a loss of interest in sex. Severe mood swings and difficulty bonding with the child are other symptoms that you would witness.
What causes PPD?
Physical changes in the woman’s hormonal levels can make mothers susceptible to PPD. Change in blood volumes or blood pressure and immune system may contribute to PPD.
If a woman feels depressed during her pregnancy, feels unwanted by her husband or is over taken by feelings of inadequacy then she is likely to suffer from PPD. Mothers who are forced to take a break from their careers due to lack of child care, the insecurity of not knowing about their career in the future tends to draw in symptoms as well.
How to avoid symptoms of PPD?
From the day you conceive cut down on alcohol and cigarettes not only as a health measure but also to reduce the production of hormones that make you feel bad. Increase foods rich in vitamins and omega 3 fats. After the birth of the child keep some free time for yourself, to do the things that you like to do or for your hobby. Try to capture special moments of the new born and all other special moments.