Post-Pregnancy Depression - birth of a baby is not always Joyful

The birth of a baby is one of the most happy moments in the life of many families... But there are many ladies for which this can be the most scary phase of their life.
The birth of a baby triggers a lot of powerful emotions... No one except the pregnant lady herself knows the emotional roller-coaster ride that pregnancy takes her through.

As emotions are an invisible entity... Most people, doctors, family members and society in general misjudge this emotional changes and advice a "let go" attitude...This "let go" accumulates as deep seated frustration in the subconscious, this leads to powerful expression of emotions... which can range from extreme excitement, joy, anxiety, fear and depression.

Many new moms experience the "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly.

But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.

An extreme form of postpartum depression known as postpartum psychosis.
Postpartum depression isn't a character flaw or a weakness. Sometimes it's simply a complication of giving birth.
If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby.

Signs and symptoms of depression after childbirth vary, 8 or more of the following can be clearly seen within few days to weeks after child birth-
1. not feeling the need, irritation or anger in care for your baby
2. irritation, anger against husband/family and
3. extremely high attachment and worry about child.
4. Loss of appetite - leading to weight loss
5. inability to sleep weel
6. Intense irritability and anger
7. Overwhelming fatigue
8. changes in sexual appetite - Extreme Loss of interest in sex or extremely high need for sex.
9. Lack of joy in life
10. Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
11. Severe mood swings
12. Difficulty bonding with your baby
13. Withdrawal from family and friends
14. Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Left untreated, postpartum depression can interfere with mother-child bonding and cause family problems.
Children of mothers who have untreated postpartum depression are more likely to have behavioral problems, such as sleeping and eating difficulties, temper tantrums, and hyperactivity.
Delays in language development are more common as well.
Untreated postpartum depression can last for months or longer, sometimes becoming a chronic depressive disorder. Even when treated, postpartum depression increases a woman's risk of future episodes of major depression.

1. Counseling. It may help to talk through your concerns with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional.
Through counseling, you can find better ways to cope with your feelings, solve problems and set realistic goals. Sometimes family or relationship therapy also helps.
2. Antidepressants. Antidepressants are a proven treatment for postpartum depression. If you're breast-feeding, it's important to know that any medication you take will enter your breast milk. However, some antidepressants can be used during breast-feeding with little risk of side effects for your baby.
Work with your doctor to weigh the potential risks and benefits of specific antidepressants.
3. Hormone therapy.
You can ask your questions @-

Dr.Hemant Mittal
(Psychiatrist,Motivational Writer/Speaker and Counselor)

email -
website -

or take an appointment for personal consultation @-
address- Mind Mantra wellness clinic
Shop 15, shreeji plaza, next to ice n spice restaurant,
opposite seawoods station,
seawoods (east)
Navi Mumbai - 400706

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