At the onset, let me say that not all Mommy’s go through post-partum depression and/or feel what is generally known as “baby blues”.
If you’re a Mom, or you know someone who is a Mom (now I can hear you say “Of course! Mommies are everywhere!”), chances are you have heard about post-partum depression and/or baby blues.
Here’s one thing we all must understand: the symptoms of both may be similar, but these two are not alike. Post-partum depression is an illness; it can last for months; and someone going through it needs immediate attention. On the other hand, “baby blues” stays for just a few weeks but it ultimately it goes away.
So what are the symptoms of post-partum depression?
Generally, post-partum depression happens to a woman following childbirth, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
Common signs to watch out for include loss of interest on everyday things that gives pleasure and joy such as watching TV, talking with and playing with older children, reading books, sharing stories, going out with the family, exercise, gardening, and even playing sports. Most women going through post-partum depression also appear to be heavily weighed down by something she can not explain. Most women suffering from it would just say “I know there’s something wrong, I just can’t say what it is exactly!” Then there are the teary eyes which always appear ready to cry at any time with just the slight provocation. Loss of appetite can also be a sign, but so is increase of appetite.
What about “baby blues”?
Women feeling “baby blues” have difficulty sleeping at night. She’s also very sensitive emotionally; with a slight provocation she will cry. Most often, women going through “baby blues” cry for no reason at all; and they are almost always melancholic.
So what then?
If you know of someone going through post-partum depression, or if you are going through this yourself, seek medical attention immediately. This is very important because left unattended; this may lead to something called post-partum psychosis, a more severe form of depression.
Women going through post-partum depression need strong emotional support from her family and friends, but most especially from her husband or partner. Always remember that this is not something a woman wants; post-partum depression is caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy, and it’s something beyond her control.
Lastly, post-partum depression can be treated, and the earlier it is treated, the better for her, her baby, and her whole family.