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Sara had delivered a healthy baby from normal delivery. But she feel like crying all the time without any reason after her delivery. She is even neglecting her new born, Why?

Like Sara many women feel similar feeling. It is not that they are not happy with the child-birth but there is something happening with new mothers that we all need to know.

The feeling that Sara is experiencing is called “Postpartum depression” or “Baby blues”. Most people think that mother should feel on the top of the world after her delivery so when woman experiences “Postpartum depression”, it leads to lot of confusion and conflicts about her behavior.

After baby delivery, due to hormonal changes, at one moment new mother feels very happy and the other moment she feels like crying. Even when she looks at her newborn, she doesn’t get that motherly feeling. They may feel a little depressed, have a hard time concentrating, lose their appetite or find that they can't sleep well even when the baby is asleep. These symptoms usually start about 3 to 4 days after delivery and may last several days.

What actually a mother experience in postpartum depression or baby blues ?

  • Feel like crying for no specific reason
  • Feel emotionally dull
  • Feel as if washed from inside
  • Feeling of restlessness
  • Unusual diet change
  • Less energetic
  • Loss of interest in life
  • Feel like hurting herself
  • Feel no pleasure for newborn
  • Feel unwell without any particular symptoms

Why do women get postpartum depression or blues?

  • Although there is no specific cause for blues, hormonal changes after delivery may cause chemical changes in the brain which causes depression in new mother.
  • Many mothers are unprepared for the extreme weariness, which often follows a birth. The weariness is usually due to a combination of factors. In many cases the mother will have been anticipating the birth with some apprehension. This, as well as the physical exertion of the birth itself, can make mothers feel exhausted.
  • Some mothers get busy with the newborn and when they gets free from kid, doctor, hospital staff or relative drop in and so no rest condition makes mother tired and dull.
  • Sometimes the baby may have a slight health problem such as jaundice or feeding difficulties in the early days. These problems are very common with new babies, but they cause mothers great anxiety.

What kind of treatment helps women to come-out of postpartum depression?

  • The most important therapy is to treat the mother with love and affection, give her importance and clear her doubts by discussing with husband and family.
  • Find someone to help mother with daily chores and child care. The social support from family will help mother to take rest and get-out of her feelings.
  • Find time for yourself even if it is just 15 minutes. In that free time read something interesting, take a relaxing bath or meditate. This will relax your mind.
  • Note your feelings somewhere and after sometimes read your own notes. This will help you to notice positive changes and how better you are now.
  • You're not expected to be a "supermom." Be honest about how much you can do, and ask other people to help you.
  • Talk to your doctor about your feeling and so he/she can provide you proper guidance or counseling.

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