Postpartum depression is a very specific type of depression. Postpartum depression occurs following the birth of a baby. It can occur in both the father and mother but it is naturally more prevalent and severe in the mother. A combination of fluctuating hormone levels as well as the sudden lifestyle change triggers this type of the disorder. For the father, it is typically due to the lifestyle change as well as stress that follow the birth of a baby. First of all, it is important to recognize the postpartum depression signs. It can be easy to confuse the signs of postpartum depression with the usual “baby blues” which is expected and a common occurrence in virtually all women.
So what are the signs of postpartum depression? This article will only focus on the mother even though it may be applied to the male counterpart as well. It can initiate rather mild in manner, with apparent general symptoms such as tiredness as well as loss of concentration. Due to the fact that these symptoms are well disguised, it can be hard to spot the signs of postpartum depression. Another symptom is the inability for the mother to fall asleep, otherwise known as insomnia. Of course taking care of the baby warrants minimal sleep but in the little time available for sleep, if the mother finds herself unable to get some shut-eye, this could be a tell-tale sign of the condition.
Fluctuation of body weight is also a common symptom. She may gain weight or lose depending on how the postpartum depression has affected her. This is directly in relation to her appetite. Notice if she’s eating rather scantily or not at all or if she’s piling up on all kinds of food. Both these scenarios are indicators of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression should not be taken lightly. While it only occurs at a specific time, it should not be assumed that it will wear off as the mother adapts to looking after the baby. It could lead to suicidal tendencies as well as other destructive thoughts such as the desire to harm her baby. Several cases of babies being harmed by their mothers is linked to postpartum depression.
While it can be hard to differentiate the signs of postpartum depression, if you notice more than one of the above symptoms, it may be a good idea to have her consult a doctor. It could help save a lot of negative consequences.