Postpartum depressive mom, you are not alone
Risk factors for postpartum depression
- Being younger than 20 years.
- Consume alcohol or illegal drugs and smoke
- Unintended pregnancy or unclear and diffused thoughts for pregnancy.
- A history of bipolar and anxiety disorder before pregnancy.
- Stressful events during pregnancy and after delivery such as health problems or death of a close person, difficult or preterm delivery, illness or defects of the child.
- A family history with depression or anxiety disorder.
- Lack of close relationship to the partner or lonelenes.
- Financial or housing problems
- Insuffcient support.
Recommendations for women suffering from postpartum depression
- Ask your partner or family for help with baby care.
- Share your feelings with other persons.
- Don’t make essential changes in your life in the first time after delivery. Don’t try to be perfect.
- Go out, visit your friends and, create situations which allow you to spend time lonely with your partner. Relax and rest when it is possible. Sleep too when your baby is sleeping.
- Be open for recommendations of other mothers experienced similar problems.
- Untreated depression can last many months and even years.
If you are experiencing the symptoms listed below contact a psychiatrist
- your postpartum blues last longer than 2 weeks.
- the severity of depressive symptoms increases and you feel exhausted.
- the symptoms interfere with your daily activities.
- you don’t take care of yourself and your baby and you may not be able to fulfill baby’s needs.
- you think of harming yourself or your baby.
- you have irrational thoughts or signs like you hear voices or see things that aren’t visible for others.