Your hormone levels are changing rapidly.
This can lead to moodiness and strong emotions, which may leave you feeling unbalanced.
Your life has also changed rapidly.
Sleep deprivation, new duties, and a general loss of control can trigger depression.
Lack of support for new mothers can also be a huge trigger for postpartum depression.
If you are a single mother, or are living away from your family, be sure to seek out a support network during your pregnancy.
Make clear requests, and line up help with household chores and childcare for after the birth of your baby.
This will allow you much-needed downtime to relax, regroup, and maintain your well-being.
You may be at risk for postpartum depression if any of the following factors apply:
- You have a previous history of depression
- You have previously experienced postpartum depression
- Your pregnancy was stressful, either with health issues or personal issues
- You have a troubled marriage
- Your pregnancy was unplanned
- Your delivery was difficult
Together, you can be on watch for depression throughout your pregnancy, as well as signs of postpartum depression after pregnancy.
Prevention and early detection are key to a happy, healthy pregnancy.
If you do develop postpartum depression, realize that it is nothing to be ashamed of.
With proper treatment, you will be able to live a normal active life and contribute to your baby's development.
Treatment is not difficult, so please do not be afraid to get help when you feel it is needed.
It is better for you, and better for your baby, to seek help if you are feeling depressed.
Treatment for postpartum depression can involve medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
If you are breastfeeding, be sure to let your doctor know so that he or she can prescribe an appropriate antidepressant.
Some medications pass into breastmilk, and cannot be used, while others can be used with no ill effect on the baby whatsoever.
Antidepressants used during the postpartum period are generally tolerated well, and can drastically improve your quality of life.
Talk therapy, with a counselor or social worker, can help you develop coping skills and tools you'll need to cope with day-to-day life with depression.
These professionals can help get you back in the swing of things.
Take steps today to get treatment, so that you can begin to enjoy life, and enjoy parenting your baby.
These steps are important for the health and well-being of your entire family.
If you have been diagnosed with postpartum depression, there is no need for shame or embarrassment.
Depression is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.
There is nothing that you, your partner, or your baby did to cause the way you are feeling.
You are making the right choice by deciding to seek help.
Feeling better will improve day-to-day life for both you and your family.
If you feel that you may be experiencing postpartum depression, seek help today.
Improving your mood will improve your quality of life.
Seeking help for the way you feel is the best gift that you can give your child, and yourself!