What is Post Partum Depression After Pregnancy

What is Post Partum Depression
Lets Understand.. What is Post Partum Depression

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful experiences of a woman’s life. A woman creates life. She not only gives birth to a child but she herself is born as a mother that day. For most of the women around the world, pregnancy and childbirth are smooth enjoyable journeys. But there are some who don’t always have it very easy. The post delivery period can cause both physical and emotional issues in a woman. Among the emotional issues, the most common one is post partum depression. Let us understand What is Post Partum Depression?

What is Post Partum Depression

Post Partum Depression can be classified into a mood disorder, which is associated with the birth of a child and it can affect both the mother and father. It is, although, more commonly found among females. It can be defined as a feeling of extreme sadness, irritability, and mood swings, exhaustion, repeated and unexplained crying episodes and an inability to bond with your baby and feel any kind of love and affection towards the newborn. Post Partum Depression usually starts within the first week or the first month of a child’s birth. In certain cases, it may start even later than the specified time period.

Data given by Centre for Disease Control suggests that almost 11-20% women who give birth suffer from post partum depression each year. In India itself, almost ten million women suffer from it every year. Post Partum Depression is a real problem and it actually exists. A lot of women do not recognize the symptoms or they do see the symptoms but do not wish to talk about it for fear of being judged. An untreated case of Post Partum Depression can become severe and turn into Post Partum Psychosis, which is the extreme case. We need to generate awareness regarding this common illness and create a comfortable environment for new mothers to talk about their problems. A happy mother automatically leads to a happy healthy baby.

I’m a doctor and a public health specialist. I am an expert in Obstetrics and gynecology, vaccinations and preventive health care. I earlier used to work with World Health Organization as a technical consultant to the government machinery at district level. I am now a full time mother to a one year old adorable daughter. Music and books keep me going.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I went through this and can you believe how people summed it up… “may be she is not happy having a GIRL”.. SERIOUSLY??? More and more people are needed to be educated about this..

    • Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry you had to go through that. I agree with you. So much awareness is needed. A large number of people still don’t understand or acknowledge this issue.

  2. Its the most difficult time for a mother, fighting fatigue and inner battles. Support plays a major role in recovery. What’s sad is that people mistake it for “just a phase”.

    • Exactly. That’s why I wrote a lot of people don’t even consider it as an issue. Whereas it is a very big problem which needs to be addressed and treated timely.

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