Nobody looks at it when women do not have easy things after a couple of weeks; the so-called maternity tears or 'baby blues' are common. A birth is a radical event that is accompanied by intense emotions of joy, fear, excitement and unrest.
Nobody looks at it when women do not have easy things after a couple of weeks; the so-called maternity tears or ‘baby blues’ are common. A birth is a radical event that is accompanied by intense emotions of joy, fear, excitement and unrest. Usually this takes a few days to about two weeks. With some women, however, this bleak mood persists longer and this can affect the care for your baby and other daily things. There may also be negative thoughts about your child or you even have the idea to do something about yourself or your child. There is then a post-natal depression or post-partum depression. A number of complaints that can occur are:
Lustleness, fatigue and irritability
No energy and no interest or pleasure
Difficulty to attach yourself to your baby
Concentration problems, forgetfulness and indecision
Feelings of guilt and the feeling of being worth nothing
Feelings of powerlessness, despair and fear
Strong tendency to worry, especially about the future with your child
Lack of appetite and weight loss
Or just extra food and therefore weight gain
Difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep or sleeping too much
Little or no sense in lovemaking
Thoughts of death and / or suicide or the death of your child
There can be several causes for the development of a postnatal depression:
Hormonal causes: during pregnancy and after delivery there are strong hormone changes. There is a strong decrease of hormones (estrogen and progesterone), but also often of thyroid hormones. These changes can contribute to mood swings and fatigue.
Emotional causes: you can worry about whether you are capable of motherhood, broken nights can be irritable and exhausted, your life will not be the same with a child, you can be dissatisfied with your appearance and changes to your body through pregnancy, etc
Family and family causes: you can not receive enough support from your partner or family, a crying baby or other problems around your child, family members / friends who think they know better, financial worries, etc
What can you do against a postnatal depression?
If you experience symptoms of postnatal depression, it is very important to discuss this with your doctor, people in your immediate environment and at the clinic. After the diagnosis of postnatal depression is made by the general practitioner or a psychologist, the treatment is determined on the basis of the severity of the complaints. An untreated postnatal depression affects the bond between you and your child and can lead to serious family problems. It can also affect the behavior and development of the child.