Postnatal Depression: What To Expect?

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If you feel irritable and lonely after welcoming your little bundle of joy, you’re not alone. 1 in every 10 women in the UK experiences postnatal depression, often known as “baby blues.”

While everyone talks about pregnancy being a whirlwind of emotions, food cravings and body changes, very few recognize the actual tornado, i.e., the postnatal period. Don’t expect everything to be magically happy and perfect once your baby arrives; the blues of pregnancy don’t just end in a day. Here’s everything you need to know about postnatal depression:

What Is Postnatal Depression?

This is a mental health issue that involves physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that occur four weeks after giving birth. While the bodily changes occur due to fluctuating hormones, the connection between this sudden drop and depression isn’t quite clear. However, research shows that reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone increase during pregnancy and then suddenly drop after giving birth; these changes in hormone levels can lead to depression.

Women experience similar hormone changes before their period, but PPD involves higher and more extreme hormone levels. These chemical changes coupled with physical and social challenges can lead to the new mother feeling overwhelmed and anxious. These emotions can be both mild and severe.

What Are Common Symptoms?

Here are some symptoms of postnatal depression to look out for:

  • Appetite loss
  • A rush of negative emotions
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping and feeling restless
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Feelings of anger, shame, and defeat
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Problems in decision-making
  • Thoughts of self-harm

 

 

A new mother lying on the bed, feeling anxious and depressed.

Postnatal Depression Causes

The causes of postnatal depression may differ for everyone. However, the following factors can increase the chances of postnatal depression:

  • A medical history of mental illness
  • Difficulty in breastfeeding
  • Complications during your pregnancy or delivery
  • Little or no support for your partner or family
  • Other life-changing events, such as job loss, work stress, or death in the family
  • An overwhelming feeling of not being good enough for your baby
  • Lack of free time
  • Have a baby with special needs
  • Have an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy

These aren’t definite factors, and there’s no correct formula to determine whether you’ll face PPD or not. But with a proper care and treatment plan, you can reduce the length of this period and find early relief. Your doctor might suggest therapy, medicines, or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), depending on the severity of the issue.

London’s Leading Private Pregnancy Care

If you’ve recently given birth and are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s best not to delay and seek immediate help. At Pregma, our community of specialists  provide quality private maternity services and postnatal depression treatment plans. Our experienced community of psychotherapists, psychiatrists and midwives work collectively to ensure the best for your family.

We’re a leading maternity healthcare in London that offers various services, including pregnancy scansprivate postnatal midwivesantenatal Doula and pregnancy physiotherapist consultations. We also have a new telemedicine system on our website that provides an easy online booking system.

Get in touch with us at 0800 707 4041 or write to us at info@pregma.co.uk for more information.

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