5 Postpartum depression symptoms you should know
Parenting is an emotional rollercoaster that you can’t jump out off. While this is normal, for some it could last for weeks and months.
Parenting is rarely the romanticised idea of bliss that many new mothers make it out to be. In fact, for some it could be downright difficult.
It’s an emotional rollercoaster that you can’t jump out off. While this is normal and often passes, for some new mothers it could last for weeks and months, eventually becoming something too overwhelming to deal with.
You’re often sad, tired, depressed, and the simplest of things start to scare you to death.
When this happens, chances are you are suffering from postpartum depression. If you suspect that you have it, here are five signs to look for, based on a Cheat Sheet article by Lauren Weiler.
1. Feelings of hopelessness, anger, or sadness
While it’s understandable that new mothers may feel overwhelmed by the changes in her life, postpartum depression makes them feel as though they’re not equipped to be a mother. Other feelings, such as the belief that having a baby was a bad idea, may start creeping in.
These thoughts are quickly followed by guilt, because you believe you should have a better handle on your emotions as a mother. You may also find it difficult to bond with your child during this period, which can lead to anger and sadness.
2. Loss of appetite
Although postpartum depression occurs inside their head, new mothers may also experience it physically by undereating or overeating. WebMD also says that you may also experience having little energy to care for a child. In some cases, you may feel drained even after waking up in the morning.
3. Headaches, backaches, and joint pain
These pains are also a manifestation of postpartum depression. According to Postpartum Progress, constant headaches, backaches, stomach troubles, and joint pain may be experienced. Panic attacks that lead to chest pain can also be expected.
4. Crying and feelings of irritability
Crying is normal for new mothers. In fact, 70% to 80% of experience childbirth-related sadness and anxiety. However, if it’s been going on for weeks, then you may be suffering from PPD. These tears may also stem from anger and frustration.
5. Negative thoughts about harming the baby
This, perhaps, is one of the most obvious signs that a mother is suffering from PPD: You start having thoughts about harming either yourself or your child. In its less severe cases, a mother may feel indifferent or uncaring toward her child and their wellbeing.
If you are having such thoughts, it’s imperative that you talk to your doctor about your mental health.