Depression at birth
Depression during childbirth and lactation, known as postnatal depression, affects one in ten women. Depression can occur at any time during the first six months after childbirth, but also during pregnancy. Talk to your midwife, health visitor, nurse or doctor. All victims will be fine after counseling and / or treatment.
Post-natal depression called a depression that comes during delivery. However, it is just as common for women to experience depression during pregnancy. An easier pregnancy depression often disappears after the birth. But chances are that the depressive mood persists even after the baby is born. That represents about half of those affected.
Other similar state
Depression during childbirth and breast-feeding should not be confused with the blues is a milder condition with periods of tearfulness shortly after birth. About half of all mothers go through this. This is normal and usually lasts only a few days.
Depression should not be confused with maternity and breastfeeding psychosis. Psychosis is a condition that is less frequent, more urgent and more risky than postpartum depression. About one woman in every thousand suffers from psychosis.
Women with bipolar disorder are at increased risk for developing postpartum psychosis. But with special care, the risk is very small.
Post-traumatic stress after childbirth affects about two percent and is more common after a complicated delivery. The memories of childbirth can be difficult and intrusive, and it also implies a depressive mood.
Symptoms of postpartum depression
Signs of depression associated with childbirth and breastfeeding can be:
- you almost never feel happy
- excessive concern for the child or in order to harm the baby
- feelings of not coping
- irritation and the voltage
- sleep problems
- fatigue, weakness
- poor appetite or comfort eating
- feeling of not being yourself
- feelings of worthlessness and of unwarranted guilt
- thoughts of death or to kill himself.
Previously, depressions, depression during pregnancy, depression in the family and a poor relationship with partner or family are factors which clearly affect. A difficult birth can also be a trigger.
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