From the moment you bring your baby home from the hospital, you begin to undergo more life changes than probably ever before. As your baby's life begins, a new life also begins for you. As countless others have told you, "your life will never be the same again". As you recover from the physical stress that you have undergone, you will also experience many emotional changes and stresses. It may take several weeks, or even months, to meet the new demands being placed on you. To help you through this time, try to set realistic goals and expectations for yourself.
Postpartum blues may occur a few days or even a few weeks or months after delivery and last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. As recent as a few years ago, this condition was thought to be a figment of a woman's imagination. But today, health care providers accept the fact that postpartum blues are real. Even though there is varying opinion as to the cause and treatment of postpartum blues, this condition is taken seriously.
Postpartum blues range from a mild form of feeling "down", to being easily upset and unexplainably sad, to frequent bouts of crying for reasons you may be unable to explain. Other symptoms might include a significant lack of energy, anxiety attacks, headaches, lack of appetite, insomnia, confusion, worrying about your physical appearance and attractiveness, and a totally negative attitude toward your husband or partner. If you experience any of these signs, discuss them with our doctors and nurses.
Some women who sense a loss after birth, and "empty" feeling and the perception of no longer being the "center of attention" experience most serious postpartum depression. You may also feel as if you are actually in mourning for your old self, the confident and carefree way you used to be. This grief is joined by feelings of insecurity and inadequacy in the new role of mother. If the blues are profound and interfere persistently with sleep and appetite, this may be an indication that professional help and counseling is needed. Please check out these article on PPD:
- Postpartum Depression: Things you can do to feel better
- Postpartum Depression: Tips for talking with your doctor
- Post Partum Depression: Information for husbands and families
- Surviving Postpartum Depression First Hand
- The mother's load: A journey into postpartum depression
- Depleted mother syndrome
As you acquire confidence in your new role, learning to manage your time and juggle daily activities, everything will fall into perspective and you will return to your former self. For almost all women, postpartum blues are short lived.
Reprinted by Pregnancy.org, LLC from Her HealthCare.