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Warning signs of a More Serious problem when baby blues (post partum Depression) Strikes.

Postpartum Depression also known, as the baby blues is a serious illness that can occur in the first few months after a woman gives birth. Post partum is caused by the rapid changes in hormone levels that occur after pregnancy. Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression is considered a more serious problem—one that shouldn’t be ignored. However, it’s not always easy to distinguish between the two. When a woman gives birth it’s a surreal, amazing experience. An experience that brings joy, happiness, love, you begin to appreciate life more fully. However, instead of celebrating, some women feel a wave of sadness, anxiety, and begin to Lose interest in activities they used to enjoy.

In the early stages, Postpartum Depression can look a lot like the normal baby blues. In fact, postpartum and the baby blues share many similar symptoms, including sadness, mood swings, hopelessness, crying, and loss of appetite. The difference is that with postpartum depression, the symptoms are more severe (such as, feeling worthless and guilty, the inability to properly care for your newborn, and severe thoughts of suicide) in some cases. The ending result, and severity of these symptoms could result in the loss of a loved one and should be taken seriously.

Below is a checklist to determine if you or a loved one may be experiencing potential signs of Postpartum depression.

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Withdrawing from family/friends
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Decreased appetite

        A very important point:

The importance of educating yourself and your loved ones about Postpartum Depression is very essential. Some normal changes during and after pregnancy can cause symptoms similar to those of depression.  However, if you have any of the symptoms listed above for more than 10 days, call your doctor as soon as possible, as a licensed physician is the only one who can determine if your symptoms are caused by depression or something else. In most cases if you’re proactive and knowledgeable you can stop Postpartum before it becomes a more serious issue.

 

 

 

 

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