Post pardum stress

Keywords: postpartum depression, ppd, baby blues, ocd, postpartum anxiety
Description: Find out whether you may be suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder and what you can do about it.

You've just given birth to a wonderful baby, and everyone's ecstatic. Everyone, that is, except you. If this is supposed to be such a happy time, why do you feel so low?

You're not alone. Some degree of emotional vulnerability is natural and expected after childbirth. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues. an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. If you have the blues, you may be weepy, anxious, and unable to sleep. You may also be irritable or moody.

Moms often feel better after getting some rest and a helping hand with the baby. But if your blues – or those of someone you love – have lasted more than two weeks, read on.

If you’re concerned, talk to your healthcare provider. She can diagnose your symptoms and refer you to a counselor if needed. About 10 to 15 percent of new mothers experience clinical depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

If you think you might hurt yourself or your baby, or if you feel incapable of caring for your newborn, seek professional help immediately.

Postpartum depression can begin any time during the first two months after you give birth. Symptoms may include:

  • Irritability or hypersensitivity
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Crying or tearfulness
  • Anger
  • Negative feelings such as sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, or guilt
  • Loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Difficulty sleeping (especially returning to sleep)
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Changes in appetite or eating habits
  • Headaches, stomachaches, muscle or backaches

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