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Understanding Postpartum Depression: Things You Need to Know

Having a baby is one of the most incredible experiences one can go through, yet for some, it’s not what they expected it to be.

Unfortunately, the feelings of joy, excitement, and anticipation surrounding pregnancy may soon turn into feelings of fear, isolation, and uncertainty. New moms may feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and hopeless after childbirth.

But, if the feeling of anxiety and depression lasts for a long time and if you find yourself juggling with emotions and stress in the long haul of life, it’s important to understand what you are going through- Postpartum Depression. 

Here’s what the best gynaecologists in Dubai have to say about postpartum depression, symptoms and treatments:

What Is Postpartum Depression? 

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a form of major depression that is often diagnosed in mothers within the first few weeks or months of having a baby. Although it's often confused with the "baby blues," PPD is much more serious and long-lasting. It affects the physical, emotional, and behavioural patterns of women and takes a toll on their mental well-being.

The exact cause of PPD isn't clear. However, it may be linked to certain hormonal changes, especially with the rapid drop in oestrogen and progesterone levels after childbirth. The chances of having postpartum depression vary from person to person.

Here are some of the events that trigger postpartum depression:

  1. A record of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
  2. A stressful event during pregnancy or after birth. 
  3. Feeling anxious about being a new parent.
  4. Lack of family or social support.
  5. Ambiguity about the child's health, safety, and security.

What are the Symptoms of Postpartum Depression?

Since the symptoms of postpartum depression are in close proximity with the symptoms of baby blues, it’s important to differentiate between the two. Baby blues last for only a week but postpartum depression affects a person for a long duration of time.  

The following are some of the most common indications and symptoms of postpartum depression:

  1. Mood swings and anxiety issues 
  2. Extreme sadness and hopelessness
  3. Loss of appetite or overeating
  4. Insomnia or sleeping too much
  5. Irritability, anger or frustration
  6. Difficulty bonding with the baby
  7. Fear of not being a good mother
  8. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  9. Withdrawing from family and friends
  10. Difficulty in concentrating or decision making 
  11. Fatigue or difficulty in doing daily activities
  12. Reduced interest and pleasure in your favourite activities
  13. Crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason

How to Treat Postpartum Depression?

In any of the above cases, it's very important to talk to your doctor about how you're feeling as soon as possible so that you can get the help you need.

The first step towards recovery is recognising postpartum depression. When left untreated, postpartum depression can last for weeks or even years. However, there are many effective treatments available depending on your symptoms. People with more severe symptoms may need medications and psychotherapy. People with milder symptoms may find that exercise and regular sleep might help them feel better.

So, if you ever feel that your emotions are troubling you and you are struggling with these symptoms, it is always better to talk to your gynaecologist. If you want to know more about this, you can always take a second opinion from the best gynaecologist in Dubai.

And remember, the earlier postpartum depression is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome will be for both the mother and her child. 

To know more about postpartum depression, its symptoms and treatments, schedule an appointment with NMC Group of Hospitals and talk with the leading gynaecologist in Dubai.

samuel watts

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As NMC Healthcare Company’s digital marketing manager since 2012, I direct all phases of both the contextual and technical elements of marketing initiatives.

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