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Warning Signs of Postpartum Depression

April 13, 2015


When most women hear postpartum depression, it is something they don’t want to worry about. Unfortunately, it is a reality, and the best thing to do is be prepared in case it does happen after a pregnancy.  The good news? It can be treated! Here at Owlet, we want to educate you on the warning signs and encourage you to get help if you see any of these signs.

Many first time moms experience the “baby blues” after childbirth. The signs of “baby blues” usually include mood swings and unexpected crying that ends quickly. But a few moms experience an even more intense long-lasting form of postpartum depression. The best thing you can do when you start experiencing severe forms of depression is to quickly get treatment that will help you cope with your symptoms.

In order for you to not get postpartum confused with Baby Blues, here are the symptoms associated with baby blues:

1. Mood swings
2. Anxiety
3. Sadness
4. Irritability
5. Crying
6. Decreased concentration
7. Trouble sleeping

It’s normal to have these kinds of symptoms after having a baby. After all for the past 9 months you’ve been growing a little human! Your hormones are all over the place and your body is trying to get back to normal. Plus, you may not be getting as much sleep as you’re used to. It’s when more severe symptoms hit when you need to be aware that it could be something more serious.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression include:

1. Loss of appetite
2. Insomnia
3. Intense irritability and anger
4. Overwhelming fatigue
5. Loss of interest in sex
6. Lack of joy in life
7. Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
8. Severe mood swings
9. Difficulty bonding with your baby
10. Withdrawal from family and friends
11. Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

If you experience one or more of the symptoms above, or you believe that you might have postpartum depression, contact your OBGYN and explain what’s going on. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about it, have your significant other call. And, the biggest thing to remember:  don’t think that you are inadequate to be a mom to your little one. It’s not your fault. It might set you back for a little bit, but help is out there, and you’ll be back to feeling like “you” in no time!

Here is a list of treatment options for postpartum depression:

1.    Counseling: You can either talk with a professional or with your friends and family. Sometimes all you need is someone to sit down with and talk about your emotions and set realistic goals.

2.    Antidepressants: Antidepressants have been proven to treat postpartum depression. Schedule an appointment to meet with your OBGYN and she’ll be able to prescribe the antidepressant that’s right for you.

3.    Hormone therapy: Injecting estrogen may help with the rapid drop in estrogen that occurs during childbirth, which in result will help with the signs and symptoms of postpartum. Research on the effectiveness of hormone therapy is limited, be sure to meet with your doctor first to discuss the pros and cons of hormone therapy.

Again, don’t be embarrassed to go to your doctor for help. They see hundreds a of women who are suffering from postpartum just like you. They know exactly what to do to help you. It doesn’t mean you are weak or that there is something wrong with you, it’s just another opportunity to learn and grow.

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