After your little one is born, there are many changes in your mother’s life which are certainly not easy. New routines that take up a lot of time and energy often make you feel overwhelmed, so you can experience stress.
Although there are mothers who are able to go through this phase, not a few who feel really difficult and end up experiencing postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a serious condition that must be treated immediately. The reason is, if not handled properly, this condition can affect social life and daily activities.
The sooner the early symptoms of postpartum depression are recognized, the sooner treatment can be initiated. Therefore, let’s get to know more clearly what are the early symptoms of postpartum depression!
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Early Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is depression that occurs after a mother gives birth. This condition can be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. About 10% of women giving birth are known to have experienced this condition.
Here are some early symptoms of postpartum depression that you need to be aware of. Immediately consult a doctor if you experience almost all of the symptoms.
1. The baby blues are not getting better
It is very normal that during the first 2 weeks of your baby’s presence, you experience a significant decrease in mood. However, this condition should not last long and will improve over time.
However, if you still feel sad or hopeless for weeks after giving birth, even if these feelings are predominant, then be aware of the possibility of postpartum depression.
2. Sadness or guilt always arises in Mums mind
Feeling annoyed is normal. However, if you often cry or find it difficult to be happy in your parenting role and often blame yourself, this could be a sign of postpartum depression.
3. You lose interest in things you used to like
Do you feel uninterested after giving birth to your daily activities? Or maybe the comedy movies that you used to like, now taste so bland? Maybe even now Mums are lazy to make out with Dads? If the answer is yes, then try to consult a doctor about your mood swings and psychological condition.
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4. Difficulty in making decisions
If you can no longer make decisions about things that may sound trivial, such as whether you want to take a bath or not, change your baby’s diaper or not, this could be an early sign to watch out for postpartum depression.
5. Worrying about not being a good mother
Every Mums must have experienced this feeling, especially if your little one was born with certain conditions, such as premature or special needs. However, for mothers who gave birth to children in good health, generally this doubt will gradually disappear by itself. On the other hand, if you’re still doubting yourself and worrying too much, it could be a sign of postpartum depression.
6. Sleep patterns change
The presence of your little one does change many things, including your sleep routine. However, there are times when Mums can steal time to sleep and rest, such as when your little one is also asleep. Well, if it turns out that you can’t take advantage of that time and tend to have trouble sleeping at any time, then try to consult a doctor. The reason is, it is not impossible that you have difficulty sleeping due to postpartum depression.
7. Thinking of hurting yourself
Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, even your little one, are further signs of postpartum depression. In some rare and serious cases, this condition can also develop into postpartum psychosis. So, if you notice the appearance of these signs, immediately ask for help from people around and also consult with experts.
Feeling overwhelmed after the presence of your little one is certainly a natural thing that can be experienced by Mums after giving birth. Generally, over time you will get used to it and can deal with this condition well. However, if you feel so stressed that you can’t control your feelings anymore, don’t hesitate to ask for help from other people, such as Dads, as well as expert treatment. (US)
Also read: Beware of Postpartum Psychosis, Depression Worse Than Baby Blues
WebMD. “8 Warning Signs of Postpartum Depression“.