During the first week after childbirth, many women get what’s often called the ‘baby blues’. Where woman is expected to be happy, she feels sad, upset, moody and emotional. In postnatal phase, the body is weak, recuperating and going through hormonal and chemical changes.
Symptoms can include:
• Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed
• Crying a lot
• Eating too little or too much
• Irritated and frustrated
• Restlessness due to change in lifestyle
• Not able to cope with the changes in life – baby around and taking care 24/7 needs of the baby
• Withdrawing from friends and family
Post-natal depression can be extremely distressing and it affects around one in 10 women. The problem occurs when no one including the nursing mother do not recognize the symptoms. Due to lack of awareness, many women suffer in silence and alone. Postnatal depression usually occurs two to eight weeks after the birth, though sometimes it can happen up to a year after the baby is born.
Priya, an IT professional from Delhi began to feel severe bouts of crying after her baby was born.
“I was not supposed to go out of the house. I was with the baby all the time. Everything was revolving around the baby. So it got worse as my life became restricted and I was losing my independence” she said.Priya knew the symptoms and seek help from counsellor, who counselled her well through these symptoms.
Many young mothers, mainly housewives, kill themselves every year, making them the largest demographic in India to commit suicide. The figure is followed by farmers.
The triggers are many — from an unplanned pregnancy to an abusive or alcoholic spouse, pressures to have a male child, not ready to take up additional responsibilities, anxious about change in lifestyle and hormonal changes among others.
If you think you have postnatal depression or think anyone in your circle has, do not struggle or let them struggle alone. It’s not a sign of a bad mother or are unable to cope. Postnatal depression is an illness and you need to get help, just as you would if you had the flu or a broken leg.
Talk to someone you trust, such as your partner or a friend. Many health practitioners, counsellors are available to recognise postnatal depression and have techniques that can help. Reach out to us and we will get you to the right counsellor to support.
Reference – NDTV