Postpartum depression can strike any woman, any time after birth. Some women suffer from the baby blues, a feeling of sadness after giving birth, but postpartum depression is much more severe and it can last for a much longer period of time. Postpartum depression can be a long journey, but one that doesn't have to end in sorrow.
The signs of postpartum depression include:
· Feeling restless or irritable.
· Feeling sad, depressed or crying a lot.
· Having no energy.
· Having headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations (the heart being fast and feeling like it is skipping beats), numbness, or hyperventilation (fast and shallow breathing).
· Not being able to sleep or being very tired, or both.
· Not being able to eat and weight loss.
· Trouble focusing, remembering, or making decisions.
· Being overly worried about the baby.
· Not having any interest in the baby.
· Feeling worthless and guilty.
· Being afraid of hurting the baby or yourself
· No interest or pleasure in activities, including sex.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, which can also include loss of appetite and anger, seek medical help. Admitting you need medical help can be scary, but it is also the first step in helping yourself.
A support network is also crucial to beating postpartum depression. Be it a group of friends, family, or an online forum, a support network can help educate the woman who is going through PPD. The support network you choose should begin with your medical professional who can point you in the proper direction to find groups in your area. He or she can also offer brochures, books, and other information regarding postpartum depression.
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