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A Post-Partum Survival Guide for New Mothers

 

Often time women may feel isolated and abnormal after giving birth. This condition is called postpartum depression and is a type of clinical depression. Experts say that the root of post partum depression is still unknown, although many suggest that the condition is linked to hormones. If you are a new mom and have been suffering from post partum, it is important to understand that it is not your fault. New mothers tend to blame themselves or think that they did something wrong and this is why they are suffering. The symptoms of post partum depression are many and it is important that new moms should be aware of them in order to recognize the problem and survive the condition.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Some of the symptoms of postpartum depression include: crying for simple reasons or no reason at all, feeling very lonely, loss of appetite, many sleepless nights, anxiety and fear. Women with postpartum depression may also feel that their life has ended, and that they are hopeless and helpless. An unfortunate result is that the mother and baby relationship is affected as well. A mother experiencing post partum depression will find it difficult to bond with her baby; she cannot help the way she feels. When family and friends need her the most, she tends to withdraw.

Not to be Confused with Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum depression should not be confused with the much more severe condition called postpartum psychosis. Women with postpartum psychosis show symptoms within 2 weeks of giving birth. The symptoms range from being confused, to having hallucinations, and even to the point where the baby's safety is at risk. Fortunately, post partum psychosis is a rare condition. Even though postpartum depression is not as severe, women suffering from it should not be hesitant to seek treatment. They will be able to get better quickly with early intervention and treatment. But what are the available treatments used to prevent this condition?

Treatment

A woman suffering from a post partum depression is usually given medications in order to manage the hormone levels in the brain. As mentioned earlier, post partum depression is often linked to unbalanced hormones in the woman's body. Other treatments include counseling and support from friends, family, and other women who have experienced the same condition. The good news is that there is a lot of professional help available to a woman dealing with this condition.

Support

The family and friends of a woman suffering from post partum depression play a major role in the battle toward recovery. If you have a family member or a friend who is having postpartum depression, it is vital that you encourage her to seek help from professionals. You should also be considerate to this new mom's requirements such as sleep and other seemingly unreasonable demands. But if you are the one undergoing postpartum depression, it is important to remember that the condition will not last forever. In time, you will survive your ordeal and finally enjoy your baby.


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