The Postpartum Healing
What is Postnatal Depression?
It can be difficult to associate childbirth with depression. Having a baby is often one of the most important and life-changing events for a woman—which is why many families anticipate the occasion with happiness and positive expectations. However, that time of joy can also be difficult; 3-10 days after childbirth, new mothers can experience what is known as ‘Baby Blues’ where mothers might feel emotional and tearful. This is fairly common and affects roughly 85% of women after giving birth. New fathers may experience some of those symptoms as well. Baby Blues lasts a short period and normally goes away as parents learn to adjust to their new lifestyle.
When these symptoms persist or seem to escalate into stronger episodes of sadness, then it is known as Postpartum Depression. Also called postnatal depression, it normally affects 10-15% of all mothers. The symptoms might not be apparent right away, but these can kick-in gradually or suddenly. Today more women are aware of this illness and the web offers numerous resources such as this web-site. However, some women still suffer in silence and the most important step towards recovery is speaking about it, whether it is family, friends or a licensed clinical worker.
It is important to understand even though some women might deal with pregnancy with much ease and adjust to their life as a mother smoothly, this illness does occur at a time of immense physical, psychological and social change in the mother and each individual will deal with this situation differently as there are many factors involved.
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